Qatar’s much-delayed Hamad International Airport has opened and welcomed its first commercial flight May 1. The airport, designed to handle up to 30 million passengers per year, is reported to have cost around $15 billion as the Gulf state tries to establish itself as another Middle East hub. Until the airport is fully opened at the end of May, it will serve mostly regional low-cost carriers. However, full-service carriers—such as Qatar Airways, Emirates Airline, Lufthansa, ...

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