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Daily press, 2018-10-29, 11:00 AM

thyssenkrupp delivers largest ever airport solutions contract at new Istanbul Grand Airport

  • 147 passenger boarding bridges and elevators delivered in just 27 months
  • State-of-the-art technology will help provide seamless travel experience for 200 million passengers

Global mobility solutions provider thyssenkrupp Elevator is today celebrating the unveiling of one of its biggest ever projects in the Middle East: a total mobility solutions package of 143 passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) and four elevators in the new Istanbul Grand Airport, in Turkey.

The new €22.15 billion + VAT airport is Turkey’s largest infrastructure investment to-date. When all four phases are complete it will become the world’s largest airport, boasting six runways and an annual capacity of 200 million people. Phase one is being officially opened today, featuring two runways and a terminal ready to accommodate 90 million people. Critical to the airport’s operational capacity, thyssenkrupp Elevator’s PBBs and elevators will offer a fully integrated solution to help ensure a seamless and efficient flow of people from airport entry to boarding the aeroplane.

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO at thyssenkrupp Elevator, comments: “The Istanbul Grand Airport is a significant project for us, creating an urgently-needed facility for Istanbul and an advanced new travelling experience for millions of global passengers. The brief required premium quality equipment, efficient delivery and a sophisticated aesthetic. Through the fantastic work of our multidiscipline team and our vast expertise in airport solutions, we are pleased to have developed a best-in-class package that could meet these needs and create a stable mobility system to keep the airport running smoothly.”

thyssenkrupp’s PBBs have been designed and manufactured following the highest standards for state-of-the-art technology, and are equipped with well-proven, robust components. The PBBs were manufactured at the company’s factory in Mieres, Spain, and then transferred to Istanbul where installation work began in 2017.

The Istanbul Grand Airport project posed a number of challenges, including a vast 50 km2 construction site across which 33,000 workers were operating. thyssenkrupp’s expert team of 50 staff worked hard to ensure a safe environment for employees and subcontractors, and set systems in place to provide optimum efficiency and meet the tight project delivery timeframes. thyssenkrupp’s work was completed in just 27 months, from contract signature to completion.

thyssenkrupp Elevator has built a strong portfolio in mobility solutions in the Middle East, including advanced technology installed at airports in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Jeddah. The company will have a continued presence at Istanbul Grand Airport, owning the maintenance contract for the PBBs.

Press images of our passenger boarding bridges in Istanbul and at other international airports are available for download (credit: thyssenkrupp Elevator).

About us:

thyssenkrupp Elevator

thyssenkrupp Elevator brings together the Group’s global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of €7.7 billion in fiscal 2016/2017 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years’ time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities. With more than 50,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers smart and innovative products and services designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.


thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with a growing share of capital goods and service businesses and traditional strengths in materials. Over 158,000 employees in 79 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2016/2017 thyssenkrupp generated sales of €41.5 billion.

Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for current and future challenges in their respective industries. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. Our technologies and innovations are the key to meeting diverse customer and market requirements around the world, growing on the markets of the future, and generating strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.