Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis to build $368mn transit system at Frankfurt Airport

By Tom Wadlow
Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt airport, has awarded a contract to build a new passenger transport system to a consortium comprising Siemens, Max B...

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.

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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.

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