Posted 16th of May 2018

Global Traveler recognises HIA as Best Airport for Layovers

Press Release

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the Best Airport for Layovers at the Global Traveler’s (GT) Leisure Lifestyle Awards in Los Angeles on May 10th. 

Now in its 6th year, the annual GT Leisure Lifestyle Awards celebrates the best in leisure travel and recognises the greatest airports, islands, cities, hotels, and cruise lines, as voted by its readers.

The award comes as another great accomplishment for the young and ambitious airport which, last year was voted as the “Best Airport in the Middle East” at the Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles, which recognised outstanding performance and customer service displayed by airports across the world.

HIA took the lead among a list of 10 top international airports including Singapore’s Changi Airport and Germany’s Munich Airport ranking second and third respectively in the category for the “Best Airport for Layovers.” 

Competing airports were ranked according to their ease of access, walk between terminals, signage, helpful staff, a variety of food and beverages options, shopping experience and design among others. HIA has stood out from the rest, scoring high on all criteria by readers.

Commenting on the award, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, stated: “We are honoured to receive the ’Best Airport for Layovers’ award, which recognises our state-of-the-art facilities and 5-star services. As we work hard towards our target to welcome 50 million passengers, HIA will continue to invest in cutting-edge innovative solutions to ensure a hassle-free and seamless journey for our passengers. Thank you to all the readers who trusted and voted for us.”

HIA has recently increased security screening capacity and reduced queuing time in its transfer areas. It has also further improved customer service in the transfer areas, now providing an industry-leading customer service promise.

In an effort to offer more options to transit passengers, HIA also launched the +Qatar Stopover Programme in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority and Discover Qatar, an initiative to promote the country as a stopover destination.