Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America's "Crystal Mover" APM System Begins Operations at Tampa International Airport
TAMPA, FLORIDA, February 8, 2018 - On Wednesday, February 7, Florida Governor Rick Scott celebrated the opening of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America's (MHIA's) Crystal Mover Automated People Mover (APM) system, SkyConnect, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tampa International Airport (TPA). SkyConnect is 1.4 miles long and connects TPA's Main Terminal to the Economy Garage and a brand-new Rental Car Center in approximately 5 minutes. SkyConnect can transport up to 2,850 people per hour in each direction, allowing the airport to respond to record passenger growth. Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport, stated at the opening "This is an exciting day for Tampa International Airport and the Tampa Bay community. The new SkyConnect people-mover system, which connects the Main Terminal to our state-of-the-art Rental Car Center, will help the Airport grow for years to come, while continuing to offer exceptional customer service. We have a great partnership with MHIA and we are pleased with the safe and successful delivery of our SkyConnect system".
MHIA was also awarded a five-year contract, with two additional five-year options, to perform Operation and Maintenance (O&M) work for SkyConnect. The O&M work will be conducted in conjunction with Crystal Mover Services, Inc. established in 2009 as a subsidiary of MHIA and Sumitomo Corporation that provides Operations and Maintenance services for all APM systems delivered by MHIA in the US.
MHIENG is the world's largest manufacturer of APM vehicles, and is behind the APM systems currently in operation at several of the world's largest and most advanced airports, including Changi International Airport (Singapore), Incheon International Airport (South Korea), Hong Kong International Airport and Dubai International Airport. MHIENG's APM technology is also used for numerous urban transport projects around the world.
In addition to exploring new APM markets, MHIA is also focusing on expansion, upgrades, and replacements of existing lines across North America. The MHI Group will continue to build on its remarkable success as a leading force in the global APM market, supplying reliable, safe, and innovative transportation systems that meet market demand and contribute to a more sustainable future.
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