Interlink Communication Public Company Limited has awarded a contract to Siemens for the delivery of its Airval fully Automated People Mover for the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Siemens will supply a total of six two-car trains and the Communication Based Train Control system (CBTC) for fully automated operation. The trains will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Vienna, Austria.
The Airval will connect the current airport terminal with the new satellite terminal. The line will be approximately one kilometer long with four parallel tracks and have two stations. The project will be commissioned in 2020.
The Airval trains being built for Bangkok will transport up to 3,590 passengers per hour and direction during peak periods. Operation will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With their rubber tires, the Airval trains can easily handle steeper grades and are considerably quieter than other rail systems in curves. Innovative energy storage and energy recovery systems ensure the system’s high efficiency.