Mitsubishi group launches Tampa airport's 'Crystal' people mover

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) recently rolled out the 1.4-mile-long SkyConnect, its Crystal Mover Automated People Mover (APM) system, at Tampa International Airport (TPA), connecting its main terminal to parking and rental facilities.

Heralded by Gov. Rick Scott, the new people mover arrived recently to start conveying busy travelers from concourse to garage in a matter of minutes. Authorities reported that SkyConnect can move as many as 2,850 people per hour in either direction.

Not only will the system increase traveler efficiency, but it will also allow the facility to record passenger numbers, according to MHIA.

“This is an exciting day for Tampa International Airport and the Tampa Bay community,” stated Joe Lopano, TPA’s CEO. “The new SkyConnect people-mover system, which connects the Main Terminal to our state-of-the-art Rental Car Center, will help the airport grow for years to come, while continuing to offer exceptional customer service.”

Alongside the delivery, MHIA obtained a five-year contract with the airport for maintenance and operational upkeep.  Having previously installed similar projects at other large airports, the firm plans to upgrade additional infrastructure resources nationwide in the future. Its engineering branch designed the system and delivered 12 APM cars along with signaling and maintenance support.

“We have a great partnership with MHIA, and we are pleased with the safe and successful delivery of our SkyConnect system,” Lopano stated.

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