$2bn expansion plans already for new Doha airport

Airport due to open in December but tenders for expansion already out

The New Doha International Airport.
The New Doha International Airport.

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Qatar plans to spend an extra $2bn on its new airport terminal to cater for the rapid expansion of its national airline, a government official told reporters on Tuesday.

Akbar al Baker, member of the steering committee for the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) development and chief executive of Qatar Airways, said, “The ultimate phase of the airport is estimated to cost another $2bn over the $15.5bn.”

He said that the original cost of the airport – due to open in December after an enormous construction project that has expanded the operations to cover 22km2, much of it on reclaimed land – was $14.5bn. That was later revised to $15.5bn.

The tendering process is underway for the new expansion, he said.

The NDIA project is just one of several mega-projects underway in Qatar. The government has allocated 40% of its budget to 2016 to fund infrastructure projects such as the $43bn new national rail project and Doha Metro; $20bn for roads and a new $5.5bn deepwater seaport.

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