Cairo - Terminal Shuttle
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle

MiniMetro on air cushions at the Cairo Airport

The contract to build the MiniMetro was signed in March 2009 with the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry for a total amount of 75 million Euros (60 million Euros for the work and 15 million Euros for operations and maintenance). The booming Cairo International Airport is one of the most important airports in the Middle East and was looking for an efficient solution to connect its three airport terminals to the car parks and shopping centre. Speed, silence, comfort and availability combined with methods respecting the environment were all required in the specifications for the construction of this MinMetro. After two years of work, Poma has delivered an innovative MiniMetro with a very low environmental impact. The MiniMetro is part of a very large development strategy implemented by the Cairo International Airport that will welcome 22 million passengers per year starting in 2013.

This new equipment in the Egyptian capitol’s airport illustrates the know-how we have generated in ropeway transportation and smooth mobility. MiniMetro is the newest edition to the family of ropeway transport already installed at airports in Tokyo, Detroit, Minneapolis and Zurich.

Technical data

  • 1.8 km between terminals T1 and T2/T3, passing through the shopping centre "Air Mall" and "Car park".
  • Transport capacity: 2,000 passengers per hour and per direction.
  • A train every 10 minutes.
  • Two 170-passenger shuttles, hauled by rope and compartmentalised with security and non-security access to dissociate passengers that have or have not gone through security inspections.
  • Air Levitation Technology with "air cushions".
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle - Station 2
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle - Station 2
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle - Train
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle - Train
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle - Trace
Cairo - Terminal Shuttle - Trace