Follow these instructions to avoid the holiday rush at the airport

Follow these instructions to avoid the holiday rush at the airport

QLNews
By QLNews

With Eid Al Adha holidays and summer breaks fast approaching, the Hamad International Airport (HIA) is gearing up for an influx of passengers. If one does not plan properly, traveling to and from Qatar during peak rush hour could be an agonizing experience.

The HIA, in a statement, said peak rush for departures were expected to begin on Thursday, June 13, and continue through that weekend. Meanwhile, more arrivals are set to begin on the weekend starting June 20.

The airport, which said it had made extensive plans to manage the rush effectively, also has issued a list of instructions to passengers to better organise their trips.

Here is a look at the instructions.  

Check-in online

Passengers are encouraged to check in online before arriving at the airport. This allows for a smoother and faster check-in process, reducing wait times at the airport and ensuring a stress-free travel experience.

Arrive early

To ensure a seamless travel experience, passengers are advised to arrive at the airport four hours before their scheduled flight departure time. This allows ample time for check-in, security screening, and boarding procedures.

Use self-service check-in and bag-drop services

Qatar Airways passengers can take advantage of the airport’s self-service check-in and bag-drop services, which enable passengers to check in themselves, print boarding passes and bag tags, tag their bags, and drop them at the bag drop counter. This convenient option speeds up the check-in process and helps passengers minimize queue times.

E-gate machines

Citizens and residents over 18 are encouraged to use the airport’s e-gate machines for faster immigration clearance. These machines streamline the immigration process, allowing quicker entry into the departure area.

Check-in and boarding closure time

Please note that check-in closes 60 minutes before departure, and boarding closes 20 minutes before departure time. Passengers must ensure they complete the check-in process and proceed to the departure gate, keeping these timelines in mind.

Baggage allowance and weight restrictions

Passengers are reminded to adhere to baggage allowance and weight restrictions specified by their respective airline. It is essential to stay within the designated weight and size requirements to avoid additional fees or delays during the check-in process.

Avoid non-standard luggage

Please refrain from traveling with non-standard or oversized luggage that may pose challenges during security screening and boarding processes. Stick to conventional luggage options for a hassle-free travel experience.

Drop-offs and pick-ups

It is suggested to use the short-term car park for pick-ups and drop-offs. Public transport options can also be used when suitable to travel to and from the airport.

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