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thyssenkrupp to help safely move nearly 40 million passengers through the busiest airports in New York and San Francisco


  • thyssenkrupp’s iwalks keep passengers moving through John F. Kennedy International, while LaGuardia Airport will install 35 steel passenger boarding bridges from thyssenkrupp starting in May 2018
  • thyssenkrupp will also supply San Francisco International Airport with 33 elevators, 20 escalators and four moving walks that have Health Product Declarations and meet LEED v4 Gold certification standards


Tourism season in New York City, one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., is set to resume in April. In 2016, more than 60 million tourists visited New York City.That number is expected to increase this year as eager travelers make their plans to see New York City landmarks, including Central Park, Times Square and One World Trade Center. This influx of visitors creates increased challenges for New York’s passenger transportation systems, including those at its two main airports, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia.

JFK and LaGuardia transport more than 40 million passengers annually, and to meet the inherent challenges with this type of heavy foot traffic, both airports have turned to global mobility leader, thyssenkrupp. At JFK, four iwalks have been installed at Terminal 4, Concourse B serving Delta Airlines passengers. Additionally as part of the Central Terminal Building Replacement Project at LaGuardia, thyssenkrupp will provide 35 steel passenger boarding bridges. The seven-phase project will start with 11 gates in May 2018, and will be completed in 2022.

“Airports throughout the U.S. and North America count on thyssenkrupp to help them safely and efficiently transport passengers throughout their facilities,” said Rich Hussey, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas. “At thyssenkrupp, we are investing in the building transportation technologies of tomorrow to ensure a better experience for all passengers today.”

iwalk’s compact, modular design allows it to fit virtually any space with worldwide installations including everything from the impressive 80-meter iwalks installed in Madrid’s Atocha Train Station down to the seven-meter iwalks recently installed at an Italian supermarket. Reducing installation space without compromising capabilities, iwalks offer greater comfort and more safety for passengers, while easing planning, integration and operation for architects, general contractor and building owners and managers.

Across the country, 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 U.S., moving 50 million people annually – required all transportation products 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.

“We are proud to partner with like-minded organizations that share thyssenkrupp’s commitment to creating a healthier, more sustainable future through green building,” said Brad Nemeth, VP of Sustainability for thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas. “Our hope is that all airports will follow the example set by SFO and demand the same products they count on to transport their passengers throughout their facilities also provide the highest level of environmental safety as well.”





TK Elevator

With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €9 billion in fiscal year 2022/2023. We ensure high levels of customer service globally from our extensive network of about 1,000 locations. Over the past several decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent after separation from the thyssenkrupp group in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business proudly provided by around 25,000 service technicians. The product portfolio ranges from standardized elevators for low-rise residential buildings to highly customized solutions for skyscrapers. In addition, it covers escalators, moving walks, passenger boarding bridges and stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based solutions, such as the MAX platform, are delivering enhanced services. With these digital offerings, there are no longer any limits to urban mobility. TKE – move beyond.