DOHA: Hamad International Airport (HIA) announced that 10 airlines will begin operations from the new airport from April 1. The airlines, which will move to the new facility on its soft opening day are Air Arabia, Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flydubai, Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, RAK Airways, Syrian Air and Yemen Airways. Qatar Airways' flights will move its entire operations from the Doha International Airport ( DIA ) to HIA by the end of the year.
The 10 airlines will no longer have a presence at DIA and will operate exclusively from HIA from April 1. There will be around 32 passenger flights departing daily from HIA equating to about 222 per week.

Concourse B at HIA will be fully operational on April 1 for passengers travelling with these 10 airlines. Travellers will enter the passenger terminal complex from the east side entrance and go directly to the check-in counters. After check-in, immigration and security, passengers will be directed to concourse B. At HIA, passengers departing and arriving will be boarding and exiting aircraft via an air bridge to the terminal.

Along with concourse B opening on April 1, the eastern runway, which is the longest of the two runways at HIA, and the uniquely designed, crescent-shaped air traffic control tower, will also be in operation.

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