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Posted On: 5 September 2013 06:47 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Call for speedy completion of parking facility at arrival terminal

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Many Qataris and expatriates are urging the authorities concerned to complete the construction of the parking facility at the arrival terminal of the Doha International Airport (DIA) at the earliest. A large portion of the facility was recently closed down for the construction of a multi-story parking area, which resulted in a parking crisis and angered many Qataris and expatriates returning to Doha from holidays. Some speculated that the opening of the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) might even be delayed further as the authorities were expanding the parking facility outside DIA. “It appears that the new airport will not open soon if the authorities are building new parking area,” a local Arabic daily quoted a Qatari saying. People are also calling for more lanes for passengers to walk through outside the airport. Long walking distance is a concern as the current parking bay is located away from the waiting lounge and visitors as well as passengers have to walk over 500 metres at times with their luggage. This becomes more difficult as many people park their vehicles along the road. Some said that the traffic department needed to step in and fine drivers who parked vehicles along the road outside the arrival terminal of DIA.