Along with the actual people-mover system (consisting of vehicles, control systems, and energy supply), the contract signed today also covers construction of part of the track system and the full track equipment.
The order volume totals around €300 million comprising delivery of the system and its operational management for up to ten years.
Selection of the provider is a milestone for the entire project, since subsequent planning and implementation steps depend on the system to be deployed.
“With the consortium consisting of Siemens, Max Bögl, and Keolis, we have found a reliable provider for our new people-mover system at Frankfurt Airport,” says Dr Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman.
“The contract is a key strategic milestone in efficiently linking our future Terminal 3 with the existing Terminals 1 and 2 and the airport’s public transportation network, including the long-distance and regional train stations.
"The new people-mover system will enhance the airport experience for our customers and thus strengthen Frankfurt Airport’s role as a transportation hub over the long run."
Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH, a wholly-owned Fraport subsidiary is responsible for the airport’s south expansion, including Terminal 3.
The new system will initially consist of 12 self-driven electric trains, each with two coupled coaches.
As with the existing Sky Line people mover, two different passenger groups will be transported separately: originating and Schengen transfer passengers will be able to use the publicly accessible section, while non-Schengen transfer passengers ride separately in the second coach.
The new shuttles will cover nearly 200,000 kilometres per month and can transport up to 4,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
This includes airline passengers, meeters and greeters, airport staff, as well as airport visitors and shoppers. The maximum speed on the line is around 80 kilometers per hour. At peak times, the system will run between the stations every 120 seconds.
Construction work on the new track between Terminals 1 and 2 is scheduled to start in mid-2018.
Opening of the complete system including the stations and a repair shop building is slated for 2023.
Frankfurt Airport’s existing Sky Line people mover is a completely driverless, autonomous transportation system developed by Bombardier.
The reliable system has been in operation since 1994, providing fast and convenient connection between Frankfurt Airport’s two passenger terminals, 365 days a year.
A new Station C was opened in mid-2017 to provide additional comfort for transit passengers changing between Terminals 1 and 2.