The main departure lounge of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) will be built at a cost of QR3billion (US$824 million), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said. CAA has awarded the construction to SKYORYX and TAV Investment. The departure lounge will form phase 1 of the NDIA, which is scheduled to open in 2009 at a cost of US$2.5 billion in the first phase and will be capable of handling 12 million passengers a year, in addition to 750,000 tonnes of cargo.
Once fully developed in 2015 at a cost of $5.5 billion, the airport is expected to handle up to 50million passengers annually and 2million tonnes of cargo a year.
The airport will include a passenger terminal, an emiri terminal, air traffic control tower and an air maintenance base along with advanced airport systems and other facilities. The NDIA will be the first international airport to be specifically built with the Airbus 380 Super Jumbo in mind.