New airport in Qatar receives first flights

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  1. gregm

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    A vast new airport in the Qatari capital opened for business following years of delays Wednesday as the natural-gas rich Gulf nation works to transform itself into a major aviation hub and prepares to host one of sporting's biggest events.

    A ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landed and was welcomed by aviation's traditional salute of fire engines spraying water overhead to mark the official opening of Hamad International Airport, which shares its name with the Qatari emir who abdicated in favor of his son last year.

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    IIRC Qatar Airways flights (and those of most other full service carriers) don''t move to the new airport for another month. It will be used only for budget and LCC flights until the lounges are completed.
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