Last-minute delay in new Doha airport opening
Doha, April 1, 2013
The inauguration of Qatar's massive new international airport, which was scheduled for 12.20 am today, has been postponed.
The last-minute cancellation of the opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) followed a directive from the Civil Defence Department, said a reporty in Peninsula newspaper.
In a late-night announcement, Abdulaziz Al Noaimi, the chairman of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) Steering Committee, they were forced to put off the April 1 inauguration as the airport did not meet the newly introduced safety and security requirements mandated by the Civil Defence Department, the report said.
As per the earlier plan, a Qatar Airways flight was scheduled to land at the HIA at 12.20 am.