people mover

Orlando International Airport in the US has announced plans to invest a total of $155.8m in the construction of a new automated people mover (APM).

The move forms a part of the airport’s $1bn expansion plan to provide efficient services for its passengers.

Orlando Airport has awarded contracts for the design, construction and maintenance of the proposed APM, which will replace the two existing shuttle systems.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board chairman Frank Kruppenbacher was quoted as saying: "It is going to make it much easier for people to move themselves and their baggage when they travel."

"It is going to make it much easier for people to move themselves and their baggage when they travel."

A $133m contract has been awarded to Mitsubishi to build the tram system, which will replace the existing shuttle system at airsides 1 and 3.

Mitsubishi will also construct a line to connect the south terminal with the multimodal centre.

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Work will take place in two phases and begin in August. It will be completed by the end of 2017.

The APM system will be operated between the main terminal and a proposed $213m train depot.

The airport will also spend approximately $22m to operate the trams over the next five years..

Image: people mover at Orlando International Airport. Photo: courtesy of M Minderhoud.