Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt airport, has awarded a contract to build a new passenger transport system to a consortium comprising Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis.
With more than 60mn passengers a year, Frankfurt Airport is the busiest in Germany.
From 2023, a new people mover will link the future Terminal 3 with existing airport facilities. Covering a distance of 5.6km, the new system will allow passengers to shuttle to Terminal 3 in about eight minutes.
The consortium will deliver and manage the systems for 10 years – this includes construction of the new track system and equipment.
Dr Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s Executive Board Chairman, said: “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.”
The new system will initially consist of 12 self-driven electric trains, each with two coupled coaches. These will cover 200,000km a month and transport 4,000 passengers an hour in each direction.
Construction work on the new track between Terminals 1 and 2 is scheduled to start in mid-2018, while opening of the complete system, including the stations and a repair shop building, is slated for 2023.