Switzerland unveil world's first doubledecker cable car

Top deck passengers aboard the Cabrio during his inauguration trip on the Stanserhorn mountain, near Lucerne Credit: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The Swiss have taken cable cars to new heights with the launch of the world's first open-air doubledecker cable car system, offering spectacular views of the Swiss Alps.

The Cabrio, which soars up the Stanserhorn mountain near the city of Lucerne at a 1.9km (1.2mile) height, can carry 60 passengers at a time, with room for 30 on the open-air top deck.

It comes in the same week that London launched the Emirates Air Line cable car which can carry up to 2,500 people an hour from the Greenwich Peninsula, on the south side of the river, to the Royal Docks on the north.

A young girl waves from the top deck of the Cabrio Credit: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The Emirates Air Line cable car towering at 90m (300ft) pulls the 'short straw' compared to its Swiss counterpart.

Boris Johnson takes a ride on the new Emirates Air Line Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire