Doha International Airport (DIA) has confirmed it will open its new Terminal B – a dedicated facility for foreign airlines – before the end of June. As a result, the check-in area of the existing Transfer and Departures terminal – to be renamed Terminal A – will be used exclusively for Qatar Airways.Designed to greatly enhance the departure experience for travellers leaving Qatar, the major airport upgrade will facilitate the increased passenger traffic through Doha International Airport until the state-of-the-art New Doha International Airport (NDIA) opens in 2012.The new 2,000 square metre large Terminal B, developed on the premises of the former arrivals terminal at DIA, will be entirely dedicated to the 30-plus foreign airlines operating services from Doha. Highlights of the new terminal include an enlarged check-in area with 35 counters, including an online check-in lounge, a dedicated customer service desk for oversized luggage, a currency exchange bureau, ATM machines, a new high-tech baggage handling system, and food and beverage outlets. An enlarged 600 square metres immigration hall with 10 counters and three e-gates will prevent long queues.The move of foreign airlines to the brand new Terminal B allows Qatar Airways to ramp up service for its passengers, who will benefit from a more spacious check-in area at the current Departures facility, renamed Terminal A, and exclusively dedicated to the main carrier of the airport.Terminal A forms part of a multi-million dollar DIA re-development plan that will also see further boarding gates being introduced and the Oryx Lounge undergo a significant revamp.
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