ETW Staff – Mumbai
The new Hamad International Airport received its first Qatar Airways Cargo shipment. The shipment for Qatar Petroleum was transferred from Europe to Doha. The new cargo terminal, which is one of the largest in the world, has the capacity to move 5,700 shipments simultaneously and to handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per annum by 2015, representing a 75 per cent increase from the current airport.
Qatar Airways, spokesperson said, “Today marks a historic moment not just for Hamad International Airport but also for Qatar Airways Cargo. 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 spokesperson 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 77,000 square metres across two levels. It comprises a separate aircraft parking apron with 11 wide-body aircraft stands, as well as 42 loading docks, a live animal centre, a dangerous goods area and a perishable storage area, making it conducive to handle large and varied cargo shipments.
The landside area of the cargo terminal contains 32 truck-loading facilities to transfer of cargo in and out of Qatar, with full X-ray screening systems in place to support the airport’s important focus on maximum security in the transportation of people and cargo.
The terminal is also highly automated for increased cargo efficiency. HIA’s Cargo Terminal has an automated storage and retrieval system to locate and process up to 1,000 Unit Load Devices (ULDs) at a time.