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Qatar's Hamad Int'l set to launch shuttle train operations

Two trains are designed to shuttle between the South and North nodes of the terminal; will begin services on Tuesday

Qatar's Hamad Int'l set to launch shuttle train operations

Qatar's Hamad International Airport has announced that its dual passenger trains inside the airport terminal will begin operations from Tuesday.

The two trains are designed to shuttle between the South and North nodes of the terminal, significantly reducing travel time through the airport for both arriving and departing passengers.

Each train has five carriages, with the capacity of 38 people per carriage which allows each train to transport up to 190 passengers at a time.

The two passenger trains will be operated simultaneously in a synchronised manner with the train system remaining operational 24 hours a day.

Each trip between the two stations takes 90 seconds, with a 44 second waiting time at each station. The trains will be operated at a speed of 7 metres per second.   

The trains were officially inaugurated by Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker and Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer of Hamad International Airport.

Al Baker said: “The continued investment in HIA, our home and hub, will ensure that it remains one of the world’s most advanced airports, a destination on its own, and meeting the growing needs of more than 30 million travellers who choose to fly across HIA.”

Al Meer added: “This is another step towards our commitment of offering our passengers a seamless and effortless journey through our airport. This new service will also facilitate the smooth handling of the ever increasing passenger numbers at our terminal.”

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