First shipment at HIA cargo terminal…

The new cargo terminal,  one of the largest in the world, has the capacity to move 5,700 shipments simultaneously

A milestone was achieved by the new cargo terminal at the Hamad International Airport (HIA) with its receiving  the first shipment. The shipment for Qatar Petroleum was transferred from Europe to Doha on Sunday, Qatar Airways said yesterday.

HE the Transport Minister  Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti had announced recently that the “soft” opening of the HIA will take place in January next year. Some flights will be operated from the new airport on a “trial” basis after the soft opening. The new cargo terminal,  one of the largest in the world, has the capacity to move 5,700 shipments simultaneously and to handle 1.4mn tonnes of cargo a year by 2015, representing a 75% increase from the current airport.

The shipment “marks a historic moment not just for Hamad International Airport but also for Qatar Airways Cargo”, said an official of the airline. “The cargo terminal complex at HIA will play a significant role in expanding our global cargo business and propels Doha as the preferred cargo hub in the region, as a result of its sophisticated cargo infrastructure and capacity,” the official added.

“As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Qatar is in a solid position to become a major international gateway. A modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure cargo is key to achieving this objective.”

The new cargo terminal is built over 77,000sq m across two levels.

It comprises a separate aircraft parking apron with some 11 wide-body aircraft stands, as well as 42 loading docks, a live animal centre, a dangerous goods area and a perishable storage area.

The landside area of the cargo terminal contains  32 truck-loading facilities to ensure the efficient transfer of cargo in and out of Qatar, with X-ray screening systems in place to support the airport’s important focus on maximum security in the transportation of people and cargo.

HIA’s cargo terminal has an automated storage and retrieval system to swiftly locate and process up to 1,000 Unit Load Devices (ULDs) at a time.

HIA will open with a capacity of 24mn passengers a year, rising to around 50mn when it reaches full operational capacity in 2015. This represents an increase in aircraft movements’ from 137,000 to 360,000 each year.

The passenger terminal spans 600,000sq m and has been designed to pare movement times down to a minimum.

Additionally, passenger movement is automatically managed by the design of the terminal to ensure seamless flow.

HIA will be able to handle 8,700 passengers per hour and up to 19,500 bags an hour.

HIA has the largest free span hangar opening to handle multiple aircraft configurations and a dual runway system built for the world’s largest aircraft such as the A380. Gulf Times

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