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Bombardier Transportation has won an AED392m ($107m) contract from Al Jaber L.E.G.T. Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) to design and build an automated people mover (APM) system at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The new 1.5km Innovia APM 300 system will link Terminal 1 with Concourse 4, currently under construction at the airport.

Under a two-year delivery programme, Bombardier will provide the design and supply all of the system-wide electrical and mechanical (E&M) elements of the elevated APM system, which will be capable of carrying around 200,000 passengers per day.

Bombardier is a subcontractor to ALEC, which is overseeing the construction of the airport’s new concourse.

Bombardier chief country representative for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries Mohammed Sarfraaz Ali said: "Our new generation Innovia APM 300 transit technology will provide comfortable and convenient transportation for airport passengers travelling between Terminal 1 and the new Concourse 4."

"The new 1.5km Innovia APM 300 system will link Terminal 1 with Concourse 4."

The deal also includes delivery of 18 Bombardier Innovia APM 300 cars, which can operate at a top speed of 80km/h and Cityflo 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) technology for driverless operation of the system.

Bombardier will also be responsible for project management, systems engineering and integration, as well as testing and commissioning.

Most of the technology for the system will be supplied from the company’s plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

Dubai International Airport is currently being expanded to increase passenger handling capacity from 60 million to 90 million per year by 2018.

Image: Bombardier’s Innovia APM 300 APM system will connect Terminal 1 with the future Concourse 4 at Dubai International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.