Driverless APM System Enters Service at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Alstom’s Innovia automatic people mover (APM) has entered passenger service at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, coinciding with the opening of the airport’s new satellite hall.

The automated people mover operates at the highest grade of automation, GoA4.

Interior of the Shenzen APM automated people moverInterior of the Shenzen APM

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The project was delivered by Alstom’s Chinese JV Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Ltd, which won the contract in 2018. In September of this year PBTS also won the contract to provide the operation and maintenance services for the APM system.

The 2.6km APM system connects the new airside satellite hall to Shenzhen Airport’s existing Terminal 3. It has a top speed of 80km/h, meaning travel time between the two stations is around three minutes.

While PBTS designed, built and commissioned all of the electrical and mechanical equipment, including all the vehicles, the propulsion equipment came from another one of Alstom’s joint ventures in China – Bombardier NUG Propulsion System. Its Chinese JV Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions supplied the Cityflo 650 signalling system for the Shenzhen Airport APM.