Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis consortium to build Frankfurt Airport’s new passenger transportation system

Dr Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman and Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens AG’s Mobility Division at the signing ceremony. (All illustrations via Fraport.)

Following a tender process, Fraport AG has awarded the contract for the construction of the new people-mover system at Frankfurt Airport to a bidding consortium made up of Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis. Along with the people-mover system (consisting of vehicles, control systems, and energy supply), the contract signed on March 20 also covers construction of part of the track system and the full track equipment.

The order volume totals around €300 million comprising delivery of the system and its operational management for up to ten years. Selection of the provider is a milestone for the entire project, since subsequent planning and implementation steps depend on the system to be deployed.

“With the consortium consisting of Siemens, Max Bögl, and Keolis, we have found a reliable provider for our new people-mover system at Frankfurt Airport,” said Dr Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman. “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,” added Dr Schulte, who is also chairman of the supervisory board of Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH, the wholly-owned Fraport subsidiary responsible for the airport’s south expansion, including Terminal 3.

Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens AG’s Mobility Division, said: “Over 30 years of experience have gone into our Val systems – along with a steady stream of improvements. With its high availability level, we deliver an especially reliable product to our customers.”

The new system will initially consist of 12 self-driven electric trains, each with two coupled coaches. As with the existing Sky Line people mover, two different passenger groups will be transported separately: originating and Schengen transfer passengers will be able to use the publicly accessible section, while non-Schengen transfer passengers ride separately in the second coach. The new shuttles will cover nearly 200,000 kilometres per month and can transport up to 4,000 passengers per hour in each direction. This includes airline passengers, ‘meeters and greeters’, airport staff, as well as airport visitors and shoppers. The maximum speed on the line is around 80 kilometres per hour. At peak times, the system will run between the stations every 120 seconds.

Construction work on the new track between Terminals 1 and 2 is scheduled to start in mid-2018. Opening of the complete system including the stations and a repair shop building is slated for 2023.