The Mexico City International Airport (AICM) is a commercial airport that serves Mexico City. It is Mexico’s largest and busiest airport offering direct flights to more than 100 destinations worldwide. In 2007, the airport served 25.9 million passengers. In 2006 Mexico embarked upon a major $1 billion program to upgrade its civil aviation infrastructure. The construction of the new Terminal 2 at Mexico City Airport and associated projects alone totaled $600 million, and increased AICM’s capacity to 32 million passengers a year.
The construction of Terminal 2 means the introduction of a new kind of service in the country. Terminal 1 and 2 are connected by a cable-driven Automated People Mover (APM) system (Aerotren). Austria’s Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH & Co (DCC) furnished the APM, a 1.9-mile elevated shuttle train that travels at 30 mph and consists of four cabins with a capacity of 100 passengers per journey. The APM was ready for operation in April of 2007.
Horton Automatics was selected as the supplier of the Platform Screen Doors (PSD) for this impressive elevated system. The system consist of two modern stations and features a Horton stainless steel clad SO-X-X-SO system that has worked flawlessly since it’s commissioning in March 2007.
The APM installation was completed in 19 months and the PSD installation took 8 weeks. This was made possible due to the sophisticated modular design of the APM system and the project coordination among the different trades.
This project illustrates how Horton can help architects achieve their goals in bringing comfort and beauty to public spaces while meeting stringent safety and operational requirements.