Whenever you’re travelling through one of the world’s busiest airports, chances are pretty high that you’ll be riding one of Bombardier’s products… and we’re not just talking about airplanes.
At Bombardier, we proudly keep people moving both in the air and on the ground. And at the three busiest airports in the world, we provide ground transportation with our industry-leading BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Automated People Movers (APMs). Here’s a quick glance:
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Atlanta has held the position of world’s busiest airport for the last 20 years. It is a major connection hub and entryway into the United States. Thanks to its location, 80% of the population in the USA is within a 2-hour flight of Atlanta.
With that many passengers, moving people within and around the airport is critical. Enter the INNOVIA APM 100. In operation since 1980, the automated people mover now known as ‘The Plane Train’ connects passengers between the landside and international terminals as well as five airside concourses. It operates 20 hours per day, with trains departing every 2 minutes. In 2017, The Plane Train carried more than 250,000 passengers per day, for an astonishing 91 million passengers during the year.
IATA code: ATL
Air passengers in 2017: 103,902,992
APM: The Plane Train - Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100
In service since: 1980
Beijing Capital International Airport
The world’s most populous country, China is home to a staggering 182 commercial airports, the largest of which is Beijing Capital International Airport. It is the busiest airport in Asia and ranks second in the world in terms of passenger traffic.
In time for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, Bombardier Transportation supplied the fleet of driverless INNOVIA APM 100 vehicles to move passengers between stations at the international terminal. Trains depart about every 6 minutes and provide reliable and comfortable transport for up to 5,200 passengers per hour per direction – that adds up to a capacity of almost 250,000 passengers per day. We also supplied our BOMBARDIERCITYFLO 550 system for driverless train operations.
If you’re heading toward the city, you’ll have the pleasure of riding our INNOVIA ART 200 advanced rapid transit system on the Beijing Airport Express, which connects Terminals 2 and 3 with Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao stations, where passengers can access Beijing’s subway and bus networks.
Aside from its impressive passenger numbers, Dubai International Airport contributes more than US$26 billion to the country’s economy, employs 90,000 people and indirectly supports 400,000 jobs; that’s roughly 27% of Dubai’s GDP and 21% of all jobs in the city. Ranking third overall for passenger traffic, the airport is a major connection point for long-haul international flights.
As you move between Terminal 1 and Concourse D, you’ll hop aboard our driverless INNOVIA APM 300 automated people mover system, which went into service in early 2016 as part of the airport’s expansion project. The current fleet of 18 five-car trains, which also use our CITYFLO 650 communications-based automatic train control technology, travel on an elevated, 1.5 km track and can transport more than 100,000 passengers daily. In its first year of service, the system carried more than 17 million passengers and the project won the prestigious MEED’s Innovation and Transport Project of the Year Award.