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Bombardier to Run INNOVIA System at Madrid-Barajas Airport for 10 More Years

December 20, 2012 Madrid Transportation,  Press Release

  • Europe’s longest airport people mover system offers world-beating availability levels for 10 million passengers every year

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a contract with AENA Aeropuertos Españoles S.A. to continue to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA APM (automated people mover) system at Madrid-Barajas International Airport. The 10-year contract is valued at approximately 41 million euro ($54 million US) and has immediate effect.

Operating since early 2006, the Bombardier built transport solution was the first driverless transit system in Spain. It is the longest airport people mover system in Europe, transporting around 10 million passengers every year between Madrid-Barajas airport’s main terminal T4 and its satellite terminal more than 2 km away.

The system deploys BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 550 automatic train control technology and is the only mode of transportation for passengers between the two terminals. During its six years in service, the INNOVIA APM has served the Madrid-Barajas airport with average availability levels of 99.8 per cent, ensuring uninterrupted reliable service.

Alvaro Rengifo, President, Bombardier Transportation in Spain, said: “Our INNOVIA system’s superior construction quality and optimal service are renowned across the Spanish rail sector. Its stellar performance has helped us to win other reference projects in the country, such as the CITYFLO 650 CBTC system for Metro Madrid. This in turn led us to set up the Bombardier Rail Control Solutions engineering centre in Madrid, inaugurated in 2011. We will ensure that the system will continue to serve the airport with record levels of availability and readiness, transporting millions of riders annually until 2022 and beyond.”

The CITYFLO 550 solution of the airport system is a foundation on which Bombardier developed the innovative CITYFLO 650 communications based train protection and control system. This enables a reduction in headways between trains, thereby optimising train operation and reducing waiting times for passengers at stations.

Bombardier Transportation is a leading innovator in sustainable mobility. Its highly reliable driverless systems support the urgently needed shift from road to rail to reduce congestion and pollution at major cities and airports. INNOVIA driverless systems have served communities around the world for more than 40 years. Many of these systems benefit from Bombardier’s complete life cycle and support O&M services. Installed systems include Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Madrid-Barajas, Spain; Atlanta, Dallas Fort/Worth, Denver, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle-Tacoma and Tampa, USA.

About Bombardier Transportation in Spain
Bombardier Transportation is one of the most significant companies in the Spanish railway industry, employing more than 700 people in its offices and plants in Trápaga (Biscay), San Sebastián de los Reyes and Alcobendas (Madrid), Madrid and Barcelona. The plant for the supply of Bombardier's propulsion systems, located in Trápaga, and the recently inaugurated Rail Control Solutions engineering centre in Madrid are amongst the most advanced manufacturing and technology centres of their type in the world, guiding Bombardier’s projects across Spain, Portugal, Italy, South America and other locations around the world.

Bombardier has taken part in some of the country’s major railway projects. Examples of its activities include the very high speed trains AVE S102 and S112, the high speed train AVE S130 and the BOMBARDIER TRAXX freight locomotives for RENFE, the advanced BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 system for Metro Madrid, the new trams for Valencia and Alicante, and the "people mover" of the Madrid Barajas (T4) airport. Bombardier also performs important train fleet maintenance services in Spain.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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BOMBARDIER, INNOVIA, CITYFLO and TRAXX are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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