A consortium of two Bombardier joint ventures (JVs) in China has received a contract to upgrade the automated people mover (APM) system at Beijing Capital International Airport.

Worth $31m, the contract was secured by the consortium, which consists of CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems (PBTS) and Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions (BNS).

The consortium will upgrade the current 18 Bombardier INNOVIA APM 100 cars and deliver nine Bombardier INNOVIA APM 300 cars.

In addition, it will deliver the Bombardier MITRAC Train Control and Management System (TCMS) and install the MITRAC propulsion equipment provided by Bombardier NUG Propulsion System JV in China.

The consortium will also upgrade the signalling system to Bombardier CITYFLO 650 from CITYFLO 550.

Bombardier Transportation China president Jianwei Zhang said: “We provided a 2km INNOVIA APM system to Beijing Capital International Airport that entered service just in time for the start of the 2008 Olympic Summer games and the success of this new upgrade project is just as essential to Beijing Airport.

“We are proud to make a contribution to improving passenger mobility within one of the world’s busiest airports. Currently operating in over 30 airports / cities worldwide, we are confident that, in the future, our APM systems will continue to safely and efficiently move millions of passengers in many more airports and cities across the globe.”

The APM system by Bombardier and PBTS is currently being used in China’s Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Chengdu airports. The Guangzhou Zhujiangxincheng and Shanghai Pujiang cities have also adopted the APM system for their urban transport lines.

Last year, Beijing Capital International Airport selected SITA’s self-service kiosks for passenger check-in services on all Air China domestic flights leaving Terminal 3.