Bombardier and London Gatwick Airport Celebrate the Completion of the New INNOVIA APM 100 System

30 June 2010  •  Author(s): Bombardier

Today, at a ceremony at London Gatwick Airport, Bombardier Transportation presented keys to Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer at Gatwick Airport, and Ray Melee, Gatwick Projects Director, to mark the completion of the upgrade project for the inter-terminal transit system at Gatwick Airport. The system will commence passenger services on July 1, 2010.

Bombardier won the contract to replace the existing transit system in December 2007. The work is part of a massive investment programme at the airport to substantially improve passenger facilities. Bombardier’s upgrade work included the supply of a BOMBARDIER INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover system, including six APM vehicles and all of the electrical and mechanical equipment for the 1.2 km dual-lane system. Bombardier’s facility in Pittsburgh, USA, designed and supplied the new driverless vehicles, automatic train control, communications and power distribution system, station platform doors, as well as project management, systems engineering and integration and test and commissioning. The new INNOVIA APM 100 vehicles (formerly known as CX-100) have replaced the Airport’s original fleet and will operate on the existing elevated guideway that connects the North and South terminals. Bombardier supplied the previous inter-terminal transit system in 1987.

Serge Van Themsche, Vice President EMEA, of Bombardier Transportation, Systems Division, commented: “We are delighted to present our Gatwick Airport customer with the keys to their new transit system. Our proven INNOVIA APM 100 systems consistently surpass availability levels of 99 per cent in airports all over the world. We are confident that this new inter-terminal transit system will fully satisfy the demanding requirements of Gatwick Airport and we look forward to supporting the Airport to sustain and enhance world class operations throughout the life of the renewed system.”

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer at Gatwick Airport, said: “Today is an important milestone as we compete to make Gatwick London’s airport of choice for passengers and airlines. It’s testament to the hard work and skill of the teams involved that the new interterminal shuttle will be up and running for passengers two months ahead of schedule and in time for the busy summer period ahead”.

In the United Kingdom, Bombardier has supplied its INNOVIA automated people mover technology to all three of London’s international airports: Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. Gatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom and it has the busiest single-use runway in the world. In 2008, Gatwick Airport served 34 million passengers.

The highly reliable INNOVIA APM automated people mover systems from Bombardier Transportation have served commuters in major cities and international airports round the world for almost 40 years. These include Frankfurt[1], Germany; Rome[1], Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Madrid[1], Spain; Atlanta[1], Dallas Fort/Worth, Denver[1], Houston, Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Francisco[1], Seattle-Tacoma and Tampa, USA. [1] denotes systems with full Bombardier Operation & Maintenance (O&M) services.

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