Hong Kong International Airport is adding eight
new Automated People Mover (APM) cars to its existing 20-car APM
At an investment of about HK$90 million, the new
cars will provide a more convenient connection among the permanent SkyPier, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 by the end of 2009.
The expanded fleet will also help HKIA
meet future demand growth and maintain the safe and high-level
service of APM.
The new APM cars are loaded in the underground
APM depot at HKIA in three batches. As the depot is located
directly below the coach station at T2, works have been carried
out to open a hatch on the ground level of the coach station, via
which the new cars can be lowered to the depot by electric hoists.
The new APM cars and associated electric and
mechanical equipment will undergo a series of comprehensive
functional and running tests before being deployed to serve
passengers in the fourth quarter of this year.
“A fleet of 20 APM cars – a driverless electric
train system – is now running between T1 and T2 every two to four
minutes. When the permanent SkyPier opens, the expanded APM fleet
will extend its service to the new pier, significantly enhancing
the level of service from the existing bonded bus service,” said
Ricky Leung, General Manager, Technical Services of the Airport
Authority Hong Kong.
Targeted to open by the end of the year, the
permanent SkyPier will replace the temporary facility at HKIA and
continue to provide cross-boundary ferry services that connect
HKIA with seven ports in the Pearl River Delta, with enhanced
facilities and additional capacity.
At present, air-to-sea and sea-to-air passengers
using the temporary SkyPier are served by bonded buses, which run
an average number of 200 trips between the facility and T1 every
The 3.8-kilometre APM system will efficiently
connect the permanent SkyPier with T1 and T2, providing fast,
comfortable and reliable in-terminal transportation.
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