Jun 21, 2017: The first six months of 2017 have been the busiest half-year period for Qatar's Hamad International Airport (HIA). The airport posted a robust year-on-year growth in terms of cargo handling and passenger numbers.

With 980,000 tonnes of cargo handled by the airport from January to June 2017, HIA's cargo operations grew an impressive 19 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.

Meanwhile, it served 19 million passengers during the January-June 2017 period, 8 per cent higher than those served in the same period in the previous year. This includes departing, arriving and transfer passengers traveling through the airport.

Commenting the robust growth, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said, "Our growing passenger figures and cargo operations area testament to our resilient and sustainable airport operations."

"Our promise of operational excellence is at the core of our business. HIA is a robust organisation backed by a committed and hardworking team. Together, we have promptly and successfully prioritised our passengers by offering them our five star services and a hassle-free travel experience," he added.

In 2017 itself, HIA was classified as a five-star airport by Skytrax, making it one among only five other airports in the world to achieve this status.

Earlier this year, it was ranked sixth best airport in the world by the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, moving up four places from 2016. HIA has also won the 'Best Airport in the Middle East' title for three years in a row and 'Best Staff Service in the Middle East' for two years in a row.

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