Orlando International Airport People Movers
Orlando Airport Shuttle Station.jpg
Train at Airside 4 station
TypeAutomated guideway transit
LocaleOrlando International Airport
Opened1981 (Airsides 1 & 3)
1990 (Airside 4)
2000 (Airside 2)
2017 (Intermodal Terminal)
CharacterServes sterile parts of the airport
Rolling stock
Highest elevationElevated

The Orlando International Airport People Movers are a set of automated guideway transit (AGT) people mover systems operating within Orlando International Airport. The four original people mover systems connect the airport’s main terminal to four satellite airside concourses.[1] A fifth AGT people mover system was installed in 2017 to connect the main terminal with the airport’s new Intermodal Terminal.

Airside systems

The four currently operating systems connect the main terminal with the airside concourses.[1] The west two lines (Airsides 1 and 3) opened with the airport terminal in 1981. Airside 4 and its line were built later in 1990, and Airside 2 and its line began operation in 2000. The airside systems are similar to the Tampa International Airport People Movers.

Each line consists of two guideways that carry a three-car train each. The trains shuttle back and forth between the terminal and their respective airsides. The stations at the main terminal and the airsides use the Spanish solution: passengers board on an island platform between the two guideways and disembark on side platforms.

Since Airside 4 is the primary concourse for international flights, its system is set up so that when international flights arrive, terminal-bound passengers are not “secure”, while airside-bound passengers have gone through security screening. Only one set of doors are open at a time, and trains receive a security inspection before boarding secure departing passengers to the airside. This eliminates the need for international arriving passengers to go through additional security screening before heading to the main terminal.[2]

Currently, only Airside 2 and 4 systems use Bombardier Innovia APM 100 vehicles. Airside 1 and 3 system’s Adtranz, later purchased by Bombardier, vehicles were replaced with Mitshbishi Crystal Mover vehicles in 2017.[3] Airsides 2 and 4’s vehicles are not being replaced since those systems were built much later.[4]

Intermodal Terminal system

New Mitsubishi Crystal Mover on the line to the Intermodal Terminal
Orlando International Airport
Parking Garage A
Airside 1
(Gates 1–29)
Airside 2
(Gates 100–129)
Airside 3
(Gates 30–59)
Airside 4
(Gates 70–99)
Parking Garage B
Parking Garage C
Intermodal Terminal
SunRail (proposed)
to DeBary or Poinciana
Virgin Trains USA (planned)
to Miami

A fifth line was recently[when?] installed to connect the main terminal with the airport’s Intermodal Terminal, which opened in late 2017. The Intermodal Terminal includes additional parking as well as a rail station for future use by Virgin Trains USA and SunRail. This line also uses Mitsubishi Crystal Movers, although they heavily differ in appearance than those used for Airsides 1 and 3.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Getting Around MCO". Orlando International Airport. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Orlando International Airport. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ Storey, Ken. "Orlando International Airport retires its original people mover trams after 35 years". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Terminal-Gate Shuttle Replacement". Orlando International Airport. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Receives Order for Three Automated People Mover (APM) Systems at Orlando International Airport". PR Newswire. Retrieved 16 July 2017.