Dubai, Al Maktoum International Airport Implements People Mover

Dubai, Al Maktoum International Airport Implements People Mover :Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has released and closed the tender for the Automated People Mover (APM) system to be implemented at the Al Maktoum International Airport.

Built south of the city, close to the fast growing areas of “new Dubai”, the airport opened for cargo operations on 27 June 2010. Passenger flights followed in October 2013. Covering a land area of nearly 65 square km, an enormous size for an airport by any standard, it lays within the 140 square km of the Dubai World Central (DWC) site. Once completed, this airport will be the world’s largest global gateway with capacity for more than 160 million passengers per year. It will also serve as a multi-modal logistics hub for 12 million tons of freight.

The tender, which opened on 1 February 2017 and closed one week later, calls for the implementation of a high capacity automated conveyance system to transport and connect passengers between the two Terminals and the four Satellite Concourses, as well as between and within concourses.

The APM system will consist of two sets of counter rotating loops. The first will have a four-track loop set connecting the terminals with the concourses, while the second will be a twin two-track loop set connecting the two sets of concourses.

The objective is to allow swift arrival and departure of passengers to reach their destinations, thus allowing them to board their next flight, efficiently, timely and comfortably.

Companies that are understood to have been prequalified for the tender are: Bombardier (Canada), Alstom (France), Siemens (Germany) and Mitsubishi (Japan).

Al Maktoum International Airport has recorded a steep rise in passenger traffic, 84.5% up from a total of 461,063 passengers in 2015 to 850,633 in 2016. Passenger traffic growth is mainly driven by flydubai, which operates on average 41 weekly flights to five destinations from the airport, in addition to its operations at Dubai International’s Terminal 2. Air freight volumes also saw a 0.8% increase in 2016 to 897,998 tons.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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