Cargo ops begin at Hamad Intl

Etihad Airways and Cargolux launch of cargo services among many cargo operations taking off at Qatar’s aviation hub.

Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport (HIA), has announced that Cargolux and Etihad Airways have moved their cargo operations from Doha International Airport (DIA) to HIA. Cargo flights commenced from 20 May and Sunday 18 May, respectively. According to news sources, HIA is a platform for the expanding global freight business, aimed at providing seamless and efficient services to customers and cargo carriers around the world.

Located in the midfield area, HIA’s cargo terminal will be capable of simultaneously handling 5,700 shipments and up to 1.4 million tonnes of cargo annually. Upon completion of the second terminal, capacity for processing will increase to 2.5 million tonnes of cargo making it almost the largest cargo terminal in the world. The two-floor cargo facility incorporates warehouse spaces, Automated Systems / Retrieval Systems (ARAS) mezzanine, offices and shops. The split-level facility covers 55,000 square metres, boasts 11 wide-body aircraft standing bays, 42 loading docks and 31 landside truck-loading facilities. With its reportedly advanced scanning technology, it will ensure the complete safety and security of the facility, its staff and cargo.