While passenger numbers fall due to the Covid-19 crisis, Hamad International Airport, Doha (IATA: DOH) has announced that it handled 529,436 tonnes of cargo during the first quarter of 2020, which signifies a 4.7% increase compared to the same period last year. The figures show that Doha handled 176,279 tonnes in January, 173,248 tonnes in February and 179,909 tonnes in March.
The airport said this increase in cargo is partly attributed to its cooperation with the national carrier’s freight division, Qatar Airways Cargo, to provide services in response to the increased demand for essential goods and medical supplies, locally and internationally.
The airline continues to operate a significant cargo schedule with approximately 175 freighter and belly-hold passenger flights per day. It said freight charters are being flown to many countries including Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.
Qatar Airways Cargo said it set a new company record last week, operating 78 freighter flights and 69 freight-only passenger flights, making a total of 147 dedicated cargo flights in a single day to support countries with relief aid amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
Hamad International, in cooperation with Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), MATAR Management and Qatar Airways, is also conducting entry screening of all arriving passengers and crew terminating at Doha on 24/7 basis. All terminating passengers (Qatari nationals) are being quarantined for 14 days as per the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines. The airport said it is also fully equipped with epidemiological surveillance cameras across the terminal and an established medical clinic at the airport, operated by MoPH on a 24/7 basis.