Innovia APM enters operation at Shenzhen international airport

Innovia APM system Shenzhen Innovia APM system has been opened on 17 December 2021 in the same day that the new satellite hall in Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport opened.

The APM system project was undertaken by Alstom’s Chinese joint venture CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS) since 2018 and in September this year, PBTS also won the contract to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) service for the APM system.

The Innovia APM system is equipped with the highest level of automation available (GoA4) to provide convenient transfer services between T3 and the satellite hall for domestic and foreign travelers.

“The fully automated driverless technology will provide convenient transfer for arriving and departing passengers reliably and efficiently, while reducing operating personnel and operational costs,” Jianwei Zhang, the President of Alstom China said.

PBTS designed, built and commissioned all of the electrical and mechanical equipment, including all the Innovia APM vehicles. The propulsion equipment was provided by another Alstom Chinese joint venture, Bombardier NUG Propulsion System Co. Ltd. (BNP), 50% owned by Alstom Group, while its Chinese joint venture Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions Co. Ltd. (BNS) provided the advanced signalling systems Cityflo 650 to Shenzhen Airport APM.

The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is located on the east bank of the Pearl River approximately 32 km away from downtown Shenzhen. The Innovia APM system runs on a 2.6 km line connecting an air side satellite hall to Shenzhen Airport’s existing Terminal 3.

Operating at a maximum speed of 80 km/h, the travel time for passengers is 3 minutes. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport has seen rapid passenger growth, surpassing 52 million passengers by the end of 2019, making it one of the busiest international airports in China. The satellite hall was designed to throughput 22 million passengers and will be an important structure to improve passenger capacity.

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