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Qatar is expecting 28 million passengers a year will be using her New Doha International Airport (NDIA) which is schedule to operate it phase one on 12 December 2012.

Doha’s new airport is being built at a cost of QAR 54.6 billion (RM47.8 billion).

This project is considered the most prominent infrastructure projects in the emirate.

Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and the New Doha International Airport Steering Committee are the bodies in Qatar responsible for the airport construction.

NDIA is replacing Doha International Airport as Qatar’s only international airport.

The current airport handles 4.2 million passengers a year.

The airport is being constructed four kilometres from the existing facility on a 5,400-acre site (12 times larger than the old airport).

NDIA will be fully completed by 2015 and will be able to handle 50 million passengers, two million tons of cargo and 320,000 aircraft landings and take-offs each year.

The NDIA started in early 2004 with a massive land reclamation project since more than half of the area of the new airport will be constructed on land reclaimed from the sea.

The new airport will feature two of the longest commercial runways in the world, an 85m-high control tower, a 510,000 square metre passenger terminal with 40 gates, one cargo terminal, a 150,000 square metre aircraft maintenance centre, one separate terminal for the Emir of Qatar, a general aviation terminal, one of the world’s largest airport catering facilities, air traffic control equipment and security systems.

The first phase construction of the new airport will include two runways of 4,850m and 4,250m in length, designed specifically to accommodate the new Airbus A380-800 superjumbo.

The first phase will allow the airport to serve two A380-800 superjumbos at the same time.

A three-storey terminal building is also being constructed, including 40 contact gates and 350,000 square metres of floor space, of which 25,000 square metres will be dedicated as retail space.

The complex will also include a centrally located 48,000 square metre cargo terminal (750,000t/y) with 15m clearance, which will be among the 20 largest cargo terminals in the world. There will also be hard standing areas for the passenger terminal, an 80m ATC, hangar space for two A380-800s and three A340s, plus a 70,000 square metre maintenance centre with mezzanine levels for access to aircraft top decks.

The airport system will be connected by a fibre-optic backbone system, and the airport operational database to enable further need of additional cabling.

Air traffic controllers will monitor activities using high-resolution LCD monitors.

The terminal will feature digital automated terminal information service system (D-ATIS) and general display system

The second phase of construction will include the addition of a further 16 contact gates and an extension of the terminal building to 416,000 square metres.

There will be a suspended monorail system for passenger transit through the terminal.

A further luxury hotel will be constructed to accommodate the additional passenger capacity of more than 25 million a year passing through the airport.

The third phase will include the addition of a further 40 contact gates, which would bring the final total to 80.

To accommodate the extra gates, the terminal building will extend to 416,000 square metres and would be capable of handling more than 50 million passengers a year, 320,000 aircraft movements and two million tons of cargo.

When fully completed the new Doha airport will be able to service six A380-800 superjumbos simultaneously.

The airport will be the first in the world purpose-built to accommodate these aircraft.

Source : Airport Technology; Gulf News; Air & Business Travel News and Middle East Business, Finance and Investment

(this article written for 1BINA.my)