Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) awarded Alstom a contract to provide operations and maintenance services for the SkyLink APM (automated people mover) system for the next 10 years, until January 2032. The contract is valued at just over EUR 200 million and is booked in Q4 2021/22.
Under the contract, Alstom’s scope of work includes ongoing preventive and corrective maintenance of the system’s 64 Innovia APM 200 vehicles, subsystems and related components, which consists of switches, power distribution, station doors, public address announcements and station signage.
Alstom will also be responsible for the maintenance of the 8 km elevated dual-lane guideway, which includes the running surface, guide beam, 3rd rail power and the related switches, the power distribution, guideway heating systems, and the Automatic Train Control equipment.
Known as Skylink, the automated people mover system of DFW is operated by 32 APM vehicles consisting of 64 cars which offer convenient passenger travel in either direction on comfortable, climate controlled Innovia APM vehicles, connecting all five terminals – A, B, C, D and E. Alstom has provided maintenance support for the SkyLink APM system since it opened on May 21, 2005. Since its opening, the DFW system has achieved outstanding results in availability, exceeding 99% each year, carrying more than 20 million passengers annually, pre-pandemic.
“DFW is the most connected airport in the world, and Skylink helps our customers navigate easily between terminals. Ensuring Skylink is properly maintained and operational is essential to the customer experience,” Sean Donohue, the Chief Executive Officer of DFW Airport said.
Alstom and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport have been working together since 2000 providing the elevated dual-lane guideway APM system. “The customer’s renewed trust in Alstom proves our operations and maintenance expertise in helping customers provide efficient, reliable, and safe service for their end users,” Michael Keroullé, President, Alstom Americas said.