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Automated People Mover (APM) at Hamad International Airport

3. November 2016

On October 31st 2016 the Automated People Mover (APM) at Hamad International Airport was officially inaugurated by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. The APM system was manufactured by the Austrian company Doppelmayr Cable Car.

The two simultaneously operating trains connect the northern end with the southern end of the airport and each trip between the two stations takes 90 seconds. By taking the APM, passengers will be able to save time when they travel between the different areas of the airport. Each train consists of 5 carriages with each of them having a capacity of 38 people. According to Doppelmayr, the trains are operated at a speed of seven meters per second and will stop for 44 seconds at the stations. Furthermore, the cable-propelled system is completely silent and will remain operational round the clock.

 Al Baker stressed the uniqueness of the APM as it operates inside the terminal, in contrast to other airports where the shuttles usually move outside the building. He also pointed out the low maintenance requirements of the system.

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