Bombardier Signs 10-Year Operations and Maintenance Contract for Fraport’s APM

Bombardier has signed a ten-year contract with Fraport to operate and maintain Frankfurt Airport’s INNOVIA 100 automated people mover system.

The INNOVIA APM 100 is Bombardier’s first-generation of people movers. The APM system was built in Frankfurt in 1994 to connect what are now Terminals 1 and 2. It will now get Bombardier’s CITYFLO 650 signalling technology, which will lengthen its life by a minimum of ten years.

Bombardier INNOVIA 100 Automated People Mover Frankfurt Airport
A Bombardier INNOVIA 100 Automated People Mover at Frankfurt Airport

The contract is worth in the region of 103 million euros (113 million USD) and also includes an option for a further five years of operation and maintenance. The two parties signed the contract on 31 March 2020.

Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation Germany, said:

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing successful partnership with Fraport, whose 25th anniversary we celebrated last year.

“Our team is doing a great job to ensure that millions of travellers and guests arrive safely, comfortably and with almost 100 percent reliability at their destinations in the terminals around the clock. Modernizing the fully automated passenger transport system will extend the life cycle of the entire facility as well as its operation and maintenance by at least ten years.”

Bombardier Transportation will be able to install its CITYFLO train control technology without interfering with the APM’s ongoing operations. It can be used with the existing signalling technology and does not require the system to be shut down.

After Munich Airport, this will be the second time that the fully automatic CITYFLO 650 CBTC system will be used in Germany. In total there are airports in more than 35 countries using the system.

Frankfurt Airport’s APM system, known as SkyLine, has a fleet of 18 INNOVIA 100 vehicles that serve four stations every 90 seconds.

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