HIA expansion plan firmly in place: Sulaiti Jun 19, 2019 0 1691 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaThe Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) expansion plans are firmly in place and a tender for the same will be floated in the next two months, Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti has said.The minister dismissed reports on some social media platforms about halting of expansion works as false. He urged people to check the veracity of such information from the official site of the ministry or HIA.He said, “The airport has won many awards. I am confident that in the coming years the airport will progress and reach a higher level.”On the Metro project, Sulaiti said, “We have started partial operation of the Red Line. By the end of the year, two additional lines, the Green Line and the Golden Line, will be operational.”He said the buses for transporting Metro passengers will be eco-friendly. “We have launched several electric buses. This will be increased by 30% by 2022. Qatar 2030 will see Qatar as a pioneer in alternative energy sources,” he said.He said the blockade imposed on Qatar by some neighbouring countries has given the impetus to move forward. “Thanks to the wise leadership, most major projects were completed before the scheduled dates. The Doha Metro was supposed to officially open all lines in 2020, but we launched the Red Line two months ago and the rest of the lines will be opened before the end of the year.”Regarding Hamad Port, he said, “The volume of goods transiting through the port exceeded all our expectations. Looking at the huge traffic, the port will be expanded before the earlier scheduled date.” On Qatar Airway winning Skytrax Awards, he said, “In the past two years we have participated in the Paris Exhibition in the belief that Qatar Airways has reached the world stage. Qatar Airways has won many of Skytrax Awards.” RELATED ARTICLES QA named world’s best airline Jun 19, 2019 0 2060 MME allocates QR750 million for two landscaping, beautification projects Jun 19, 2019 0 1652 GANHRI’s new vision seeks to bolster rights bodies, says Marri Jun 19, 2019 0 1029 UN calls for independent probe into Morsi’s death Agencies Cairo/Istanbul The United Nations has called for an “independent inquiry” into the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who died aged 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court on Monday, according to .. QF initiative to support private sector Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QFRDI) has marked the launch of its new funding initiative, ‘Innovation Coupon’, by signing an agreement with its first beneficiary, ADGS, a local private ..