Bombardier Celebrates 25 Years of APMs in Germany

Bombardier Transportation is celebrating 25 years since it first provided its automatic people mover system to Germany. It was 25 years ago that the Innovia APM 100 system began operating at Frankfurt Airport.

Germany’s first elevated passenger transport system, SkyLine, has connected Terminals 1 and 2 since 1994. The 24/7 system now carries around 12 million passengers per year with a reliability of 99.83 percent.

Bombardier Innovia APM at Frankfurt Airport

Bombardier Innovia APM at Frankfurt Airport

The Innovia APM 100 is fully automatic and driverless. Its maximum speed is 55km/h. The system runs on a central guideway with rubber tyres. It takes eight minutes to travel between the two terminals.

Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation Germany, said:

“We’d like to congratulate our customer on this quarter century anniversary. We have a very successful and long-standing partnership with Fraport, which marks our joint success in moving millions of travelers between terminals at the Frankfurt Airport.”

 

Fraport’s fleet consists of 18 Innovia APMs. The daily ridership on the 3.8km line is in the region of 35,000. At peak times there is a train departing every 90 seconds. Each wagon can carry up to 60 passengers along with their luggage.

Alexander Ketterl, Head of Sales and Delivery, German Cities, Bombardier Transportation, said:

“Fraport benefits from a high-performing turnkey transit system, which was not only manufactured by Bombardier, but also operated and maintained. I am grateful to all our committed and competent employees, without them this milestone would not have been possible.”

 

Fraport – Frankfurt Airport – was the first German customer to choose Bombardier’s driverless system. It features Bombardier’s Cityflo 550 signalling system. Other airports that use Bombardier’s people mover systems include London, Rome, Madrid, Phoenix, Dubai and Tampa.

Volker Maul, Head of the Bombardier Team at Frankfurt Airport, said:

“The excellent cooperation within our team and with our customer built the foundation for the system’s near 100 percent reliability. Bombardier's operations and maintenance program is carefully designed to optimize system performance and ensure potential problems are identified and resolved before the service’s efficiency is compromised.”

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