APM-Minimetro® – Miami Airport
Miami International Airport inaugurated its two APMs in 2016 and 2017. The two APM trains travel 375 m and carry up to 12,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and terminal E.
Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the busiest airports in the world; it is the prime gateway between the U.S. and LatinAmerica.
The airport MiniMetro® designed by POMA connects two terminals and replaces the self-powered system installed in 1980. The fully automatic, driverless MiniMetro® operates using a reversible system on pneumatic tyres to link up the main terminal and terminal E. Two three-carrier trains carry 5,600 passengers per hour.
In order to produce this APM (Automated People Mover), the system had to be adapted in existing buildings and viaducts.
Simplicity of infrastructure, optimal management of passenger flows, low pollution level, silent operation, low maintenance and operation costs, and a high safety level have made this system a success.
Capacity of one train
5 600 passengers/ hour/ direction
Number of train drawn by ropes
Number of passengers per train
every 3 minutes
99,8 % since 2016
for the project
Ideal technology for airports
The Miami MiniMetro uses rope traction, a technology specially developed for airports and installations in urban areas.
Operation and Maintenance of the APM
LPOA’s experience in similar projects enabled it to draw up a 5-year “Full E&M” contract for all operation and maintenance operations. It is staffed by 13 LPOA employees. Since 2016, it has posted an average availability rate of 99.8%
Miami airport APM in pictures
France – Lyon – 2018
POMA carried out the special inspection of the iconic funicular railway in Lyon. During the inspection, its carriers as well as the drive station were completely renovated and upgraded in SIGMA’s workshops, according to the SYTRAL guidelines aimed at “providing users with an even greater level of comfort, while preserving the line’s historic heritage”.Read
Hong Kong Wheel
China – Hong Kong – 2014
POMA produced the 45 cabins for the Hong Kong observation wheel in China. The observation wheel offers spectacular views over the bay and megacity centre, both during the day and at night.Read
United Arab Emirates – Dubai – 2020
For the world’s largest observation wheel, commissioned for the Dubai World Expo, POMA built 48 outsized capsules, the largest and heaviest ever produced. The teams came up with evermore ingenious product development solutions and met a very high level of customer demand.Read
England – Brighton – 2016
POMA designed and manufactured the entire pod and drive system of the world’s tallest observation tower, known as the British Airways i360. A unique concept, located on the Brighton seafront in the south of England.Read
Shenzhen Observation Wheel
China – Shenzhen – 2020
POMA produced the 28 capsules of the observation wheel for the Chinese megalopolis of Shenzhen. Developed specifically to withstand a very hot and humid climate, they presented a real technical challenge, which the group’s teams managed to overcome.Read
Egypt – Cairo – 2012
The expanding Cairo International Airport, one of the largest in the Middle East, wanted a high-performance link to connect its three airport terminals and to provide access to the car parks and shopping centre. The specifications for the construction of the MiniMetro® were speed, silence, comfort, availability and also environmental considerations.Read
Liaison Blanc Blanc
France – Grenoble – 2010
“Liaison Blanc-Blanc” is more than just a funicular railway, it is a mini mobile clean room, ISO 6 classified, which connects the two controlled environment areas of the Grenoble CEA over 250 metres.Read
England – London – 2000
Right in the heart of London, on the banks of the River Thames, 32 rotating capsules climb to 135 m, taking visitors above the rooftops of London for an exceptional view of the entire capital.Read
The High Roller
United states – Las Vegas – 2014
Caesars Entertainment has entrusted the POMA Group with the design and manufacture of the High Roller observation wheel capsules. A flagship attraction of “The Linq”, a new urban and entertainment district in Las Vegas.Read