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Gateway to the world

CEO Middle East looks into the state-of-the-art New Doha International Airport (NDIA), which in 2011 will offer a full range of airport facilities and modern commercial developments.

Gateway to the world
Gateway to the world
NDIA is designed to annually accommodate 24 million passengers, 1.4 million tonnes of cargo and over 360,000 aircraft.

CEO Middle East looks into the state-of-the-art New Doha International Airport (NDIA), which in 2011 will offer a full range of airport facilities and modern commercial developments.

The New Doha International Airport (NDIA) is a key project in Qatar's national development strategy. The airport will fulfil three critical roles: for Qatar to be the gateway to the world, to be the hub for Qatar Airways and other airlines, and to serve as cargo and aircraft maintenance centre.

NDIA will be one of the first airports in the world to accommodate unrestricted operations by all commercial aircraft, including the new A380 airliner that will soon be added to Qatar Airways' fleet. At opening day (2011), NDIA is designed to annually accommodate 24 million passengers, 1.4 million tonnes of cargo and over 360,000 aircraft movements.

The ultimate master plan allows NDIA an ultimate capacity to annually accommodate nearly 50 million passengers and 2.5 million tonnes of cargo. The site area of 22 sq km has the capacity for two runways, a mega passenger terminal, more than 100 aircraft stands, a full range of airport support facilities, and extensive commercial developments.

Key features include:

- The home base and hub of Qatar Airways

- Provide unconstrained A380 aircraft operations

- Be partly reclaimed from the Gulf

- Provide state-of-the-art facilitiesProvide high level of service, comfort and convenience

- Accommodate Qatar's aviation needs for the next 50 years and beyond

For opening day development, two runways with lengths of 4,850 metres and 4, 250 metres, separated 2km apart will be provided. The passenger terminal/concourse will be  about 600,000 sq m and will provide 41 contact gates and 22 remote gates. Other key facilities include the Emiri Terminal, air traffic, control tower, cargo complex and aircraft maintenance centre.

Passenger complex

The design of the roof structure alone is enough to ensure that NDIA stays in the mind of the international traveller as a landmark structure in the world of aviation. Reflecting the terminal's seaside setting, the roof will be wave-like in structure. The transparent façade of the terminal beneath, further emphasises its state-of-the-art curves, like a gentle wave alongside the Arabian Gulf.

Inside the terminal, the design focus has been on the creation of a spacious but efficient and convenient airport experience. The result is a multi-level building with arched columns, generous skylights and highlighted finishes that enhance the feeling of space. The concourses will be comfortable, attractive and spacious - an oasis of amenities for waiting passengers.

The passenger terminal is designed so that all passenger transfers can occur under one roof.  With short walking distances between gates, and shorter connection times between flights, passenger waiting and walking times are minimised, all helping to ensure an effortless passenger experience within the facility. In addition to this, passenger processing will be cleverly managed to ensure quick passenger processing, safely and securely.

An extensive central area has been designed for duty free, retail, food and beverage amenities and airline lounges. All departing passengers will walk through this area. The terminal will also have a 100-room transit hotel with health and entertainment facilities, making waiting for flights a more pleasurable experience.

Significant thought has also been given to the exterior of the facility. Featuring a beautiful man-made lagoon and strategic landscaping, the intent has been to create a lush green space to complement the airport's natural bay and seaside setting.

Air Traffic Control Tower

Like a pivot in the centre of the airport, the crescent-shaped Airport Traffic Control Tower will provide the control between the two parallel runways and airside facilities at the New Doha International Airport (NDIA).

The Air Traffic Control Tower will be an elevated, triangular shaped structure, topped by a glazed control room, about 85 metres above the airport. From here, air traffic control staff will have unobstructed views of all aircraft movements, on runways, taxiways and aprons. Seen by passengers from all over the airport, the tower will also be visible to city residents, providing another stunning landscape structure for Doha.The technical complex at the base of the tower will comprise multi-storey buildings, parking facilities and access roads. This will house the advanced technical systems for the control tower - in particular that relating to the approach control room. There will also be a training room that can be used as a control room in case of emergency.

Cargo Terminal

Located in the midfield area, NDIA's cargo complex is made up of seven facilities covering over 290,000 sq m and will have the capacity for processing 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per year, making it amongst the largest cargo terminals in the world.

A main feature of the cargo complex is the 48,000 sq m Cargo Terminal building which houses the Air Cargo Handling System. The Air Cargo Handling System will have the capacity to accommodate over 1,000 main deck ULDs and over 5,000 individual consignments. The Cargo Warehouse Information System (CWIS) will ensure that the locations of all of the cargo in the cargo terminal, whether stored in the Air Cargo Handling System or in the various special cargo handling areas, are tracked so that the cargo can be processed quickly, thereby ensuring efficient handling.

Other major features of the cargo terminal building are the elevating workstations in the ULD build/break area, special cargo areas, hazardous cargo areas, high value cargo area, and perishable cargo areas. All these features contribute to create a  world-class facility.

The cargo complex also contains buildings which support the operations of the cargo terminal. Included is the cargo agents building which provides leasable space for private cargo agents;  the Landside Security Station which includes a document processing area for trucks entering the cargo complex;  the Live Animal Centre which provides holding, veterinary, and processing areas for animals shipped via aircraft; the Pedestrian Entry Security Station which provides pre-screening for the cargo complex workers and guests;  and a security exit station which provides an opportunity for final review of documents and contents of trucks leaving the complex.

Aircraft Maintenance Base

The Aircraft Maintenance Base at the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) will be the central maintenance hub for Qatar Airways' international fleet. Located in the midfield area, it will be capable of holding a maximum of eight wide body, and two narrow body aircraft, with two positions capable of servicing the future Airbus 380s.

The Aircraft Maintenance Base is in the form of a large hangar for both line-base and heavy maintenance. The design of its layout and column-free spacing is focused on ensuring flexible aircraft parking at all times to ensure maximum maintenance efficiency.

The workshop building at the back of the aircraft hangar bays will provide specialised maintenance and automated spare parts storage. This will include specialist workshop areas for the maintenance of engines, avionics, wheels and brakes, structures, interiors, painting, galleys, in-flight entertainment systems and safety equipment. An internal roadway between the hangar and these workshops will ensure quick movement of spare parts and components as needed.

The central engineering office for Qatar Airways will be located adjacent to the hangar and workshops. This building will house the airline's engineering departments including maintenance, quality assurance, material and engineering.

Catering building

The NDIA catering facility will be one of the world's largest in-flight catering facilities when completed, equipped with fully automated in-flight and bulk kitchen catering facility covering approximately 65,000 sq m of food operations and production area for a daily meal production capacity of 85,000.

 The facility comprising a three-storey structure and basement will be a state-of-the-art facility within the industry and will include automatic cart transport system, automatic bin conveyor system, automatic storing and retrieval systems, high bay pallet store, kitchen by food types, freezing and chilled rooms, linen storage and laundry facilities, airside and landside food production, administrative and staff amenities, dish washing and equipment cleaning facilities, vacuum system for waste handling, airside-landside boundary checkpoints within the building, and exterior site development.

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