Dohas new airport was initially planned to open in 2008
The much-delayed Hamad International Airport has begun commercial operation, with the first passengers arriving on 30 April.
A Fly Dubai flight from Dubai landed at around midday on 30 April, marking the first commercial passenger plane arrival at the new airport.
The opening of the $17.5bn airport, previously known as New Doha International, has been met with significant delays, after initially aiming for a 2008 launch.
An ongoing legal battle with German/UAE joint venture firm Lindner Depa Interiors contributed to the delays. The company issued a lawsuit against the airport in September 2013, after its contract for the construction of 19 lounges was pulled.
The new airport will initially cater to 30 million passengers a year, a 30.4 per cent increase on Doha Internationals capacity of 23 million.
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