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Doha: Passenger Traffic Up 20 Percent

Hamad International Airport (HIA) welcomed 17.6 million travellers during the first half of the year, registering a growth of more than 20 percent over the same period in 2015 and setting a new record for Doha’s hub.

Consequently, the volume of aircraft movements rose 17 percent to 118,069 take offs and landings, mainly due to the launch of eight new destination by national carrier, Qatar Airways.

In regards to passenger numbers, the most popular routes from the airport proved to be Dubai, London, Bangkok, Bahrain and Colombo, collectively generating 20.3 percent of the total traffic.

The UAE topped all countries in terms of demand, followed by India, Saudi Arabia, US and the UK.

Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer, HIA, said, "We expect HIA to continue demonstrating a healthy and steady growth in passenger numbers for the rest of the year, supporting Qatar's vision for HIA to be a leader among global aviation hubs."