Alstom expands Innovia APM cars fleet at King Abdulaziz International Airport

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Alstom's Innovia APM cars at Jeddah Airport
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Alstom, a global leader in sustainable and green mobility solutions, has signed a major contract that involves enhancing and increasing the capacity of the Innovia automated people mover (APM) system at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

This significant step aims at accommodating the airport’s projected passenger growth, which is expected to surpass 100 million by 2030.

Alstom’s responsibility includes the design, engineering, supply, integration, testing and commissioning of a full system upgrade of Jeddah’s International Airport Terminal 1 People Mover, including four additional state-of-the-art Innovia APM cars, to be added to the current fleet of ten.

The project will also feature an upgrade to the signaling and communication systems, the implementation of platform screen doors, cybersecurity enhancements, and the establishment of a new Operation Control Room.

The APM cars are equipped with Cityflo 650 CBTC solution, which has been designed to meet the most stringent safety, reliability, maintainability, and availability requirements. The existing fleet will be retrofitted with the latest Motion Recording Video systems. The project will draw on Alstom’s global in-house expertise in integrated railway systems.

Mohamed Khalil_Alstom_Jeddah Airport partnership
Mohamed Khalil
MD – Alstom Saudi Arabia

“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 modernization 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 is in line with the Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Green Initiative, focusing on sustainable and efficient transportation. The upgraded Innovia APM system plays a key role in reducing transport emissions, enhancing the airport’s capacity as an international hub, and aiding the nation’s transformation into a global logistics center. With the improvements and additional cars there is an approximately 90% increase in system capacity from the current system.

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