The Sky Line People Mover


The new Sky Line supplements the existing people mover system at Frankfurt Airport. How will Terminal 3 in the south of the airport be linked to Terminals 1 and 2 in the north? The challenge is that two runways separate the new terminal from the rest of the airport. The solution is the new Sky Line people mover. It will be able to carry up to 4,000 passengers per hour in each direction between Terminals 1, 2, and 3. The trip between Terminals 1 and 3 will take eight minutes at speeds of up to 80 km/h. The existing Sky Line will continue to operate between Terminals 1 and 2 but only carry passengers who are transferring between flights.

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Support After Support

In order to travel the 5.6 kilometers separating the north and south of the airport, the Sky Line follows an up-and-down route. In the north the line will be raised to wend its way among the existing buildings and structures. The central part will be at ground level to avoid blocking the view of pilots who are landing aircraft on an intersecting approach path. After briefly dipping down to pass beneath a road, the people mover line will continue south on another elevated stretch to reach the new station at Terminal 3.

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Striving for an optimal solution

Various ideas were advanced for connecting Terminal 3 with the rest of the airport. They included simply extending the existing Sky Line people mover all the way south to it. Although this sounds sensible, the planners opted for another approach that, although it involves a greater effort and expenditure, delivers greater benefits.

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Next Stop: Terminal 3

The new system requires two new and one expanded stations. One is now taking shape in front of Terminal 1; from there, passengers arriving at the regional or long-distance train station can travel straight to Terminal 3. The existing station at Terminal 2 is being enlarged to permit transfers between the existing and new systems. An a new station in front of Terminal 3 is the most important Sky Line stop for everyone who doesn’t get to the new terminal by car, taxi, or bus.

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State of the art

Frankfurt Airport is building the new Sky Line people mover to ensure efficient, reliable connections among all of its terminals. Its fully automated vehicles incorporate state-of-the-art technology to ensure optimal operation on a daily basis. The vehicles will be serviced, repaired, and cleaned in a new maintenance building.

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