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Daily press, 2018-04-04, 09:59 AM

US airports call on thyssenkrupp to improve arrivals

  • As the peak tourism season arrives, New York’s John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airport are looking to thyssenkrupp’s airport solutions to help passengers have a smooth arrival into the city
  • Across the country, thyssenkrupp will also supply San Francisco International Airport with mobility products that have Health Product Declarations and meet LEED v4 Gold certification standards

With the Easter travel season in full swing and global airport passenger traffic up 6.4% in 2017, airport managers are preparing for another busy year ahead with the support of mobility solutions provider thyssenkrupp. Home to some of the busiest airports in the world - some averaging 40 years of age - the United States is a priority country for airport modernization. As the tourist season gets underway, thyssenkrupp has announced commissions in the double-digit million US dollar range of its innovative mobility solutions in three key US airports in New York and San Francisco.

In New York, thyssenkrupp’s services have been commissioned at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy (JFK) airports – two locations which, combined, transport more than 40 million passengers every year. At JFK Airport, four iwalks have been installed at Terminal 4 Concourse B, which serves Delta Airlines passengers. At LaGuardia Airport, 35 steel passenger boarding bridges will be installed, as part of the Central Terminal Building Replacement Project. This is a seven-phase project that will begin with 11 gates in May 2018 and will be completed in 2022.

On the West Coast, thyssenkrupp will install 33 elevators, 20 escalators and four moving walkways at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as part of the airport’s $2.4 billion renovation of Terminal 1 and Boarding Area B. SFO – the seventh busiest airport in the country which moves 50 million people annually – required all transportation products to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) v4 Gold certification standards. Health Product Declarations outlining all materials utilized in each product were also required. The full renovation is expected to be completed by 2022.

thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO, Andreas Schierenbeck, comments: “Airports throughout North America count on thyssenkrupp to help them safely and efficiently transport passengers across their facilities. As a business we are investing in the airport solutions of tomorrow to ensure a better travel experience for all passengers – and with reports predicting that the US will have $100 billion in infrastructure needs in the next five years, it’s the right time for our innovations to help bring the country’s airports up to speed.”

As competition between airports increases, the ease and efficiency of passenger movement is critical to providing an experience that will keep travelers coming back.

thyssenkrupp’s sophisticated iwalk system offers airport operators an ideal answer to help ease passenger flows in busy airports. The modular, pit-less design means it can be easily installed in existing infrastructure with minimal disruption to airport operators, while ensuring the safe transport of passengers who have to traverse increasingly long distances between gates. The installations range significantly in scale, from the impressive 80-meter iwalks installed in Madrid’s Atocha Train Station, to the seven-meter iwalks recently installed at an Italian supermarket.

Other innovations

thyssenkrupp’s innovative docking and gate management solutions. The company is also engaged in a number of expansions, modernization and new installation airport projects globally, including at Istanbul New Airport, which is set to be the largest airport in the world. With its recent acquisition of market leader FMT’s aircraft gate docking systems division, the company has also boosted its intelligent airport solutions capabilities. As passenger numbers are set to double by 2035 to 7.2 billion, integrated intelligent systems are key to significantly improving efficient mobility in airports.

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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.