HIA people mover finally launched after delays

At last passengers at Hamad international Airport can look forward to reduced transfer time with the launch of the people mover, which has been on hold since the opening of the airport in 2014.

Transfer time will be significantly reduced with the launch of HIA's people mover.
Transfer time will be significantly reduced with the launch of HIA's people mover.

Hamad International Airport’s people mover was launched last night.

The airport said in a statement that the system was finally operating following the awarding of an Operational Safety Certificate from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The long-awaited people mover was scheduled to commence operations at midnight last night, (31 October) an airport spokesperson told Doha News.

Although it has been seen running regularly without passengers, presumably for testing purposes, the 500m-long train line has remained closed to passengers since the airport opened in 2014.

According to the HIA spokesperson, the line has two stations for departing, arriving and transferring passengers.

The trains will run from near Urs Fischer’s Lamp/Bear (the giant yellow teddy bear) in departures through to the D and E concourses, reducing transfer times through the terminal which is normally undertaken by foot.

The travel time between the two stations takes 90 seconds, with a 44 second waiting time at each station, airport officials said, whereas the approximate walking time for the same distance is nine minutes.

According to Austrian manufacturer of the system, Doppelmayr, the two trains can run at a speed of 45 km/h, with a completely silent cable-propelled system.

The carriages are designed with a glass roof for a “pleasantly open environment,” the company explained and, according to the manufacturer, the monorail had been due to enter service since spring 2015.

The airport declined to comment on why opening of the line was delayed.

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