Qatar’s Hamad International airport is planning to build a temporary terminal to accommodate rising passenger traffic.

“The temporary external hall will have 12 gates to accommodate airport shuttle buses that transfer passengers from parked planes to the arrival hall and vice versa,” a source tells MEED.

The planned temporary structure is still in the concept design stage. “They need this because the planned expansion of the main terminal as well as the new concourses will take time to be completed,” the source said.

The design still needs to be approved before procurement could start, with no definite timeline set for the release of the tender.

In September 2015, the New Doha International Airport Steering Committee unveiled details of the upgrade. It comprises three main elements: the extension of the main terminal building; the construction of concourses D and E; and the connection with the Red Line of the Doha Metro.

Hamad International reported processing 31 million passengers in the first 10 months of 2016. This already exceeds the new airport’s design capacity by 2 million passengers.

Earlier this month, a dual passenger train system that shuttles passengers between the south and north nodes of Qatar’s Hamad International airport (HIA) commenced operations.

MEED also reported in October that Qatar has formed a new agency, which will take on the responsibility of developing the next phase of the Hamad International airport.The new entity, to be called Hamad International Airport (HIA) Steering Committee, is understood to take over the role of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) Steering Committee, which was the client for the initial development of the airport.