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|The Cairo International Airport has opened the MiniMetro®, created by POMA|
Built by POMA, one of the world leaders in ropeway transportation, the MiniMetro® at the Cairo International Airport has been used by travellers since May 15, 2012. This MiniMetro® is comprised of two 170-passenger trains and is the first of its kind in the Middle East. It uses the new, innovative Air Levitation technology with air cushions to comfortably travel between the three terminals at the Egyptian capital’s international airport. It will carry 8.5 million passengers per year. The contract to build the MiniMetro® was signed in March 2009 with the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry for a total amount of 75 million Euros (60 million Euros in construction works and 15 million Euros in operations and maintenance services).
The second largest airport in Africa after Johannesburg, with a capacity of 22 million passengers in 2013, the Cairo International Airport wanted to install an efficient connection between its three terminals, car park and shopping centre. Speed, silence, comfort and availability combined with methods respecting the environment were all basic requirements in the specifications for the construction of this MiniMetro®. After two years of work, POMA delivered an innovative MiniMetro® that is at the heart of an extensive development strategy conducted by the Cairo International Airport. The strategy includes renovating and extending the second airport terminal (TB2), adapting installations for the Airbus A380 and increasing the capacity of the cargo hub. Strategically located between Asia and Africa—on the road between the Mediterranean Basin, India and China—the Cairo International Airport’s efforts to reinforce its airport’s capacity is opening the way to greater economic development.
For Jean Souchal, POMA Chairman, this new installation takes on a whole new - meaning: “Egypt, the cradle of civilisations with exceptionally rich history and architecture, is a mix of modernity and tradition. This country has its eyes open to the world and has always been an important commercial transit area. For Poma and our partners, it is with great pride that we have participated in the development of the Cairo Airport by installing such innovative and durable equipment.”
This new equipment illustrates the expertise POMA has generated in ropeway transportation and smooth mobility. The MiniMetro® is the newest edition to the family of ropeway transport systems already installed at airports in Tokyo, Detroit, Minneapolis, Zurich and Frankfurt.
Testimonial from M. Hassan RASHED, Chairman of EHCAAN
Hubert MAGNON-PUJO, Egis Rail Chef executive Officer
To watch a video of the Cairo APM >>>>
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