Architectural Integration of APM Systems at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport

by Giorgio Pennestri, Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A., Rome, Italy,
David M. Casselman, Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A., Rome, Italy,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV


Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is a major airport located near Rome at Fiumicino, Italy. This location has made it a popular destination for terminating flights, as well as a prime stop for connecting flights. Leonardo da Vinci serves numerous airlines and flights from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The airport has experienced strong growth during recent years, and projections indicate that this growth will continue. As a result of this growth, facilities requirements have also increased. Currently, Leonardo da Vinci Airport has two major terminal facilities, a domestic terminal and an international terminal. Both have connected aircraft gates and hardstand gates. Planned and ongoing expansion includes construction of domestic and international piers, three airside satellite terminals and ultimately a new terminal complex to the north of the existing site. As a part of this expansion, automated people mover (APM) systems have been planned to facilitate passenger trips between these areas. Coincident with the construction of each satellite terminal, elevated APM systems will be implemented. Ultimately, when the north terminal complex is constructed an underground APM system will be used to connect the new and existing terminal complexes. This paper examines the architectural integration of the APM systems into the existing and planned terminal facilities at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. Functional requirements and aesthetic considerations which influence the APM system design are addressed. Issues relating to the integration of APM guideways, passenger stations, maintenance facilities, and auxiliary facilities are identified.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Architecture | Integrated systems | Terminal facilities | Automated people movers | Flight | Passengers | Building design | Europe | Italy | Rome | North America | South America | Africa | Middle East | Asia

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