Hamad International Airport – Airside Capacity Assessment

A detailed airside capacity study is key for capacity declaration purposes and following slot allocation.

Project Overview:

Before opening of Doha’s new airport Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways wanted to have an independent party to evaluate the airside capacity of the airport including, the runway system, aircraft ground flow operations and aircraft stand/gate requirements. The outcome of this study was used to support the declared capacity determination of the airport.

Services provided:

In order to gather information on the airport system, an inception mission involving all relevant stakeholders (Airport Authority, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar Airways Corporate Planning, etc.) was performed. In the following, a deep analysis of historical flight movement was conducted in order to identify a typical busy day to be used as baseline for the capacity calculations.

Considering the traffic and peak structures of the selected typical busy day ARC calculated capacity values for all relevant airside processes, i.e.:


  • Assessment of Gate/Aircraft Stand Capacity
  • Assessment of Runway Capacity
  • Taxiway Capacity Check


These calculations have been done for several scenarios to get accurate knowledge on each relevant operational scenario such as:


  • Single vs. two runway operations
  • Operations with or without certain stand groups


A CAST Aircraft simulation model was used as main tool for the above capacity calculations. The simulation analysis  gave insight into different Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to assess each infrastructure component but also the overall operational quality were determined.

Results and benefit:

With the detailed simulations and calculations the stakeholders of Hamad International Airport got a clear view on the potential of the airside under various operational conditions. The study delivered valuable insights and recommendations for setting the declared capacity.

In addition to these results, ARC did a comparison of the capacity values at Hamad International Airport to other international airports with parallel runways. In this context, mitigation measures to increase the capacity were suggested as well.