Ropeway transportation provider POMA Group has won a contract to equip Miami International Airport with a MiniMetro, which is expected to transport over 30 million passengers every year.

The installation will replace the self-driven train set up in 1980, and will focus on speed, silence, comfort, availability and eco-friendliness.

Scheduled to be commissioned in 2016, the new MiniMetro will connect Terminal E to its satellite terminal, with the line being 375m long.

"Total operation will begin at the start of 2017 with the installation of the second MiniMetro line."

It will feature two cable-hauled trains, transporting about 12,000 passengers per hour

Capacity per train is 150 passengers, with a nominal speed is 40kmph and a frequency of one train every three minutes.

The MiniMetro uses the proven cable traction technology specifically developed for airport and urban applications.

This system features simplified infrastructures, optimised passenger flow management, low pollution, silent operation, low maintenance and operation costs as well as extensive safety features.

The $76m contract was awarded by airport manager Miami Dade Aviation Department to a joint venture between Beauchamp Construction and POMA’s subsidiary, Leitner Poma of America (LPOA).

While the first Miami MiniMetro line will be commissioned at the beginning of 2016, total operation will begin at the start of 2017 with the installation of the second MiniMetro line.

LPOA will operate and maintain the installation for 15 years.

Miami International Airport is one of the busiest hubs in the world, and is the main gateway between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.