Alstom to Upgrade Jeddah Airport’s Automated People Mover

In Saudi Arabia, Alstom has been contracted to upgrade the Innovia automated people mover (APM) system at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) Terminal 1.

This full system upgrade will include the addition of four new cars, which will be integrated into the current fleet of ten.

The project aims to enhance passenger flow to facilitate the airport’s goal of serving 114 million passengers a year by 2030.

Alstom signs a new contract to elevate Jeddah Airport's Innovia automated people mover (APM) system
Alstom signs a new contract to elevate Jeddah Airport’s Innovia automated people mover (APM) system

Under this contract, Alstom will enhance and increase the capacity of the Innovia APM at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The company will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, integration, testing and commissioning or the upgrade.

Alongside the addition of new cars, the project will include an upgrade to the signalling and communication systems, the implementation of platform screen doors, cybersecurity enhancements, and the establishment of a new Operation Control Room.

Mohamed Khalil, Managing Director of Alstom in Saudi Arabia, said:

“The enhancement of the Innovia APM system is a crucial element in enriching the transit experience at King Abdulaziz International Airport, a bustling gateway influenced by the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030. This significant upgrade will be instrumental in accommodating the increased passenger volumes resulting from the nation's active promotion of tourism and the modernisation of visa protocols. Alstom's mission to bolster the Jeddah Airport Company's (JEDCO) operational efficiency shines through this project, reinforcing our pledge to be a resilient, long-term partner in the region's remarkable evolution.”

This expansion aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the Saudi Green Initiative, which focus on sustainable and efficient transportation.

Indeed, the upgraded Innovia APM system is expected to reduce transport emissions and enhance the airport’s capacity as an international hub.

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