— Published 27 May 2022

200,000 passengers per day

Qatar has done its accounts. They speak for themselves. For the 2022 Football World Cup (21 November to 18 December), the Gulf state will receive up to 200,000 air passengers per day. Hamad International Airport and the old Doha International Airport will see their capacity doubled, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker told a press conference. About 70% of the national airline’s scheduled flights will have their schedules changed to accommodate additional flights. Flight connections will be increased to all 31 qualifying countries (in addition to Qatar), but conversely they will be interrupted or reduced to nations not participating in the tournament. Saudia Airways, Kuwait Airways, Flydubai and Oman Air will operate more than 160 round trips on the day from 20 November. Another decision by the Qatari authorities is that only travellers with match tickets will be allowed into the country during the four weeks of the tournament. After presenting their tickets, supporters will be issued with a pass for the duration of the tournament, a digital card called a Haya. Qataris and people with residency status will also be allowed to enter the country.