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Hamad International Airport

Qatar hopes its new airport will be a gateway to the world.

Bechtel provided engineering, project management, and construction management services for Hamad International Airport in Qatar. It replaces an existing facility, increases passenger and cargo-handling capacity, and accommodates the new Airbus A380 super jumbo jets.

Immense and sophisticated

The new airport will accommodate 24 million passengers and 750,000 metric tons of cargo annually. It will feature, among other facilities:

  • two of the longest commercial runways in the world
  • a control tower some 85 meters (about 280 feet) tall
  • a 510,000-square-meter passenger terminal with 40 gates
  • a separate terminal for the Emir of Qatar
  • a general aviation terminal
  • a cargo terminal
  • a 150,000-square-meter (1.6 million-square-foot) aircraft maintenance center
  • one of the world’s largest airport catering facilities
  • state-of-the art air traffic control equipment and security systems

Rising from reclamation, environmental cleanup

Early works on the project included a 62-million-cubic-meter (nearly 230 million cubic feet) land reclamation project to create the airport site and the largest environmental cleanup project in Qatar’s history―the removal of 6.5 million cubic meters of household waste from a dump on the project site to a remote engineered landfill built to strict environmental standards.