Munich Airport's self-driving train service has
successfully completed its first trip.
The personal transport
system (PTS) linking Munich Airport's Terminal 2 to the new
infield satellite facility whisked invited guests through the
tunnel in less than a minute.
With the automated, self-controlled
train, passengers arriving at or departing from the satellite with
Lufthansa and its partner airlines can travel quickly between the
new facility and the main Terminal 2 building.
Thanks to the
additional pierside aircraft positions, there will also be no need
for buses at the satellite.
The tunnel for the airport subway was built at
the same time as Terminal 2, which opened in 2003. It is 382
meters long and has two tracks, allowing trains to travel in both
directions if required.
Depending on traffic volume, up to three
trains with a total of 12 cars will operate. They will cover the
distance between the buildings at a speed of about 25 km/h. Each
car has room for more than 90 passengers. The PTS has capacity to
move 9,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of
finance, who also serves as the chairman of the airport's
supervisory board, said, "A smoothly functioning airport with excellent global
connections is of enormous value to the entire state of Bavaria,
the people who live here, and the whole economy. The satellite
alone matches the capacity of a mid-sized German airport. When it
opens our airport will be even more attractive. As soon as they
arrive, guests from all over the world will get the right
impression of Bavarian efficiency – while experiencing a warm
The train service will become fully operational
with the satellite terminal's opening on 26 April 2016.
who heads Lufthansa's operations in Munich, said the rail system's
biggest benefit will be enhanced passenger comfort. "Our
passengers will travel between Terminal 2 and the new satellite
facility in less than a minute. That is outstanding performance in
terms of comfort and quality. The satellite has five new Lufthansa
lounges for our passengers as well as 27 additional pierside
boarding gates for maximum convenience," he said.
The contract to develop, manufacture,
maintain and operate the system was awarded to the Canadian rail
transportation system manufacturer Bombardier Transportation GmbH
in November 2011.
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