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Globalization: Airports are the world’s crossroads

In December 1903, the Wright brothers succeeded in keeping the first plane in the air at a speed of eleven kilometers per hour over a distance of 37 meters. Back then, who would have thought that the dream of flying would be normal for many people a century later? Business people fly from Frankfurt to Shanghai for negotiations, families fly to Spain on summer vacation and students and young backpackers fly around the world to discover new cultures.

Our gate systems fit like a bespoke suit

After landing, the airport is the first impression of a city, a country or even a continent. Our goal is to make this first impression a pleasant one – as stress-free and comfortable as possible. So that the business trip or the personal adventure in the new country can begin smoothly. After all, who likes to wait for the bus from the plane to the terminal in wind and weather?

Thanks to our wide-ranging product portfolio, our experts can equip an entire airport from a single source and thus perfectly coordinate processes. Like a bespoke suit, the gate system fits the respective airport perfectly. Size, style and scope - everything is precisely adapted to individual requirements. We deliver mobility solutions that not only take passengers up and down, but also straight to their destinations. In addition to escalators, our ACCEL moving walks can shorten long walking distances to the gates.

Arriving at the gate, passengers usually have to wait. It is a great relief not to take the bus to the aircraft, but to board the plane directly via a passenger boarding bridge. Here we offer a tailor-made solution as well.

Highly mobile and flexible for all common aircraft types: passenger boarding bridges have become the first choice for modern airports

The term passenger boarding bridge was probably not invented at the time of the Wright brothers' first flight. Today you can hardly do without it. Airline personnel ask passengers to board modern airliners - usually via a passenger boarding bridge that leads all passengers from the gate through a tunnel directly connected to the aircraft, protected from rain and wind and practically barrier-free.

With our state-of-the-art Passenger Boarding Bridges, passenger transport at airports becomes much more flexible and comfortable.

Our modern passenger boarding bridges are highly mobile and can be constructed independently of the aircraft type and airport. They make the complex boarding of more than four billion air passengers a year possible. For us, passenger boarding bridges are not only an essential part of modern airports, but also the first and last point of contact for passengers.

Remote-controlled passenger boarding bridges - the digital innovation for better boarding

Our experienced airport experts at thyssenkrupp offer airports worldwide an extensive portfolio of passenger boarding bridges. These include the Remote Control System (RCS) - this new technology enables airports to control their passenger boarding bridges safely, conveniently and efficiently from a remote post.

"With our Remote Control System, we offer another unique solution to improve aircraft turnaround times while increasing security at busy airports around the world," explains Mauro Carneiro, CEO of thyssenkrupp's Airport Solutions business unit.

Therefore, it is theoretically possible to remotely control a passenger boarding bridge in Munich from Hamburg. Carneiro’s Team brought hardware and software technology together to implement the project. The Remote Control System is equipped with several surveillance cameras to increase the airport employees’ field of vision during docking and undocking of the passenger boarding bridge. High-precision sensors assist with the exact positioning.

2020 will be a debut year for the remote-controlled passenger boarding bridges: For the first time such bridges will be used - without any human intervention on the ground, but centrally controlled instead. Thanks to their meticulous precision, passengers save time on arrival and departure - particularly important in the future as passenger numbers increase.

The possibility to move our PBBs freely around the airport saves a lot of time transporting passengers.

Greater boarding comfort for passengers, more efficient processes for airport operators

Remote-controlled passenger boarding bridges not only offer the advantage that passengers can get in and out of their aircraft comfortably and safely – Mauro Carneiro explains that the smart system also has a positive impact on the business of airport operators:

"The technology significantly improves gate management by saving valuable operating time. Most importantly, it reduces the time-consuming manual movement of bridges from one parking space to another. Ultimately, this leads to a safer working environment for airport employees on the airfield."

Our colleagues find the right passenger boarding bridge system for every airport. Even if the two decks of the world's largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, have to be served. In total, we manufactured and installed more than 5,000 passenger boarding bridges at airports around the world. For example, in Doha, Accra, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro - and move around 1.8 billion passengers a year.

Globalization: Flying connects people all over the world

What began in 1903 with the first flight of the Wright brothers, has become one of the main means of transportation today. Globalization has made flying the new normal in the Western world and connects people all over the planet. Today's standard will advance extremely in the coming years.

We want to set new standards and shape the airports of the future. Effective technical processes and state-of-the-art solutions for maximum travel comfort will continue to be our goal. So that families can go on holiday even more easily and the first impression of the airport is always a good one.