The start of the World Cup in Qatar is rapidly approaching. To accommodate the increased demand, Doha International Airport has reopened to passenger airlines after shutting to them eight years ago. It is a means of reducing pressure on Doha Hamad. As of September 20th, 12 carriers have filed flights from Doha International. Almost all have already started, and some continue to serve Hamad.
Passenger flights: Doha International
Doha International is the previous airport serving the Middle East city. Having ended scheduled passenger flights in 2014, it was used by the Royal Family, VIPs, the Qatar Air Force, and more. Now airline service is back, although only until the end of the year.
While it might change, the latest data from Cirium indicates that Doha International has 2,114 departing flights scheduled between September and December, as summarized below:
- September: 199 departing flights from Doha International
- October: 399
- November: 738
- December: 778
As the World Cup runs between November 20th and December 18th, the majority of flights (72%) are, of course, in the last two months of the year. Indeed, it is estimated that Doha International will have ~12% of all flights to/from Qatar in this peak period.
flydubai has by far the most flights at Doha International. Photo: flydubai.
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12 passenger airlines so far
The following table summarizes Doha International’s passenger operation, organized by total departing flights. The vast majority – 1,535 out of 2,088 – are to the United Arab Emirates, with routes less than an hour away. There’s a real shuttle service, supplemented by more flights from Hamad. (World2Fly uses two air operator’s certificates, so it is technically two separate airlines.)
|Airline||Dates of flights from Doha International||Route(s) (each doesn’t necessarily operate for the same period)||Departing flights||Aircraft (in order of flights)|
|flydubai||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Dubai International & World Central||925||B737 MAX 8, B737 MAX 9|
|Etihad||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Abu Dhabi||346||A321, A320, B787-9, B787-10|
|Air Arabia||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Sharjah||264||A320, A321neo|
|Pegasus||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen||145||A320, A321neo, B737-800|
|SalamAir||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Muscat||111||A320neo|
|Jazeera||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Kuwait||107||A320, A320neo|
|Pakistan International||Sep. 15th to Dec. 30th||Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar||106||A320ceo|
|Nepal Airlines||Sep.18th to Dec. 30th||Kathmandu||59||A330-200, A320|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Sep. 16th to Dec. 30th||Addis Ababa||45||B787-8, B737 MAX 8, B777-200LR, B787-9|
|Air Cairo||Sep. 19th to Oct. 27th||Sohag||Just 4 flights||A320|
|World2Fly||Nov. 30th only||Madrid||1 charter flight||A350-900|
|World2Fly Portugal||Nov. 30th only||Cardiff||1 charter flight||A330-300|
Nepal Airlines departs Doha International to Kathmandu at either 02:45 or 03:25. Photo: TMLN123 via Wikimedia .
Up to 50 daily flights
Currently, there are up to 50 daily flights from Doha International. For example, on Wednesday, Nov. 30th, there’s the following:
- flydubai: 33 flights to Dubai (30 to World Central, three to International)
- Etihad: six flights to Abu Dhabi
- Air Arabia: two to Sharjah
- Pegasus: two to Istanbul
- Ethiopian: one to Addis Ababa
- Jazeera: one to Kuwait
- Nepal: one to Kathmandu
- Pakistan International: one to Peshawar
- SalamAir: one to Muscat
- World2Fly: one to Madrid
- World2Fly: one to Cardiff
Will you be going to Qatar for the World Cup? If so, comment on which airline and airports.