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Frankfurt Airport: Sky Line shuttle services restricted due to construction

Frankfurt Airport: Sky Line shuttle services restricted due to construction (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Sky Line automated people mover, connecting Terminals 1 and 2 at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), will operate a restricted service from April 25 until May 18, 2016. From Monday to Friday during this period, the Sky Line will only operate between the A/Z and B/C stations in Terminal 1 and will not stop at Terminal 2. To ensure transportation for passengers between Terminals 1 and 2 both in the public and transit area, replacement buses will be in service operating on a frequent schedule.

The partial suspension of the Sky Line service has become necessary as a new Sky Line station for transit passengers is currently being built in Concourse C of Terminal 1. Construction works for the new station are carried out very close to the existing tracks of the Sky Line system, and from April 25, building elements will have to be lifted over the elevated track structure between Terminals 1 and 2. For this reason, Sky Line operations have to be suspended for safety reasons for a period of about three weeks. Construction works for the new station in Concourse C commenced in the last quarter of 2015 and are scheduled to continue until mid-2017. When the new Sky Line station is in service, it will provide direct access to Concourse C, thus making it even more comfortable for passengers to transfer planes at Frankfurt Airport.

Dennis Wildhirt, head of the Fraport department responsible for terminal services (including the Sky Line) said: “A highly-efficient passenger transport system, the Sky Line has proven to be a key factor in ensuring smooth operations at our hub airport. To minimize disruptions for our passengers, we will deploy several replacement buses that will operate frequently between the terminals. We will also provide for appropriate signage in the terminals and bus stops. In addition, extra mobile staff will be available to assist passengers along the way.”

Up to ten replacement busses will be deployed in the public/pre-security area during daytime between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. for transportation between Terminals 1 and 2 (three buses will be available during nighttime hours). For transit passengers, three to four shuttle buses will be running constantly between the two terminals from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the days with restricted Sky Line service (Monday to Friday).

To make sure that services run smoothly and replacement buses are easy to reach for passengers, FRA’s bus parking lot P32, located directly at Terminal 1, will be exclusively reserved for the replacement bus service. All other buses, such as charter and tour buses, will instead use parking lot P36 (also located close to Terminal 1). From the P36 parking lot, Terminal 1 can be easily reached in just a few minutes via a lit and covered pedestrian walkway. Charter and tour buses will operate from P36 during the entire restriction period (also on weekends). FRA’s bus station for public-transport buses will not be affected by these measures.

The Sky Line automated people mover has been in operation since 1994, providing fast and convenient connection between Frankfurt Airport’s two passenger terminals. Currently, there are three Sky Line stations at FRA: Terminal 1 A/Z, Terminal 1 B/C, and Terminal 2. At all three stations, Sky Line trains can be accessed both from the pre-security and transit area. The system operates a fleet of nine driverless, electrically-driven trains, with each train consisting of two coaches. Combined, the trains run over a distance of almost 80,000 kilometers per month, transporting some 800,000 people – among them air passengers, meeters and greeters, airport employees, visitors, and customers of the airport’s shops and restaurants. In the course of the construction works, further restrictions can be expected by mid-2017. These will be announced once the exact timing is known.

MEDIA CONTACT: Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, Robert A. Payne, B.A.A. – International Spokesman and Head of International Press/PR & External Activities Team, Press Office (UKM-PS), Corporate Communications, 60547 Frankfurt, Germany; Tel.: +49 69.690.78547; E-mail: r.payne@fraport.de ; Internet: www.fraport.com PRESS RELEASE www.buzz.travel

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