The Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) is preparing to release the tender for the automated people mover (APM) system at the Al-Maktoum International airport before end of February, according to a source familiar with the project.

Specialised firms that are understood to have been prequalified for the tender include:

  • Bombardier (Canada)
  • Alstom (France)
  • Siemens (Germany)
  • Mitsubishi (Japan)

The airport plans to implement a high capacity automated conveyance system that will transport passengers between the landside terminal and the airside concourses, and connect passengers between and within concourses.

When completed, the APM system will consist of two sets of counter rotating loops. The first will have a four-track loop set connecting the terminals with the concourses, while the second will be a twin two-track loop sets connecting the two sets of concourses.

Apart from the APM package, several contracts are expected to be awarded or tendered by the DAEP this year.

Bids for the baggage-handling system are under evaluation while the design package for the airport’s air traffic control tower is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2017.

The tender for the substructure packages, whose budget is estimated to fetch up to AED10bn ($2.7bn), is expected to be released within the year as well.

Packages awarded in recent months include:

  • Construction of aprons adjacent to the passenger terminal building: National Wheel J&P; $163m
  • Enabling works: Tristar (local)
  • Infrastructure package: Lane (US) / National Contracting & Transportation Company (NCTC) (local); $125m

 The $33bn expansion of Al-Maktoum International will be delivered in two phases.

The air traffic control tower is part of the first phase of the expansion, to be completed in 2025. The other facilities to be built in this phase include:

  • West terminal building, car park and public road links
  • One satellite concourse
  • Three parallel code F runways
  • Cargo terminal

Upon completion of the final phase in 2045, the airport will feature:

  • Five parallel code F runways
  • Two terminals (east and west)
  • Four satellite concourses featuring an innovative triple-plus layout encompassing three nodes. Each concourse is envisaged to have 100 contact stands to cater for 65 million passengers. This would bring total airport capacity to 225 million passengers a year
  • Cargo facility (south)