The operator of Frankfurt Airport has just put into service a fleet of 28 Mercedes-Benz Citaro airfield shuttle buses to facilitate the transport of passengers to and from the airport to the airplanes.
The batch is actually comprised of 24 articulated buses and 4 solo buses, to be used in Terminals 1 and 2 of the airport, although there is a plan to use these to shuttle passengers in the all-new Terminal 3 of the airport.
Naturally, the operator handpicked the equipment used on the buses to accommodate airport requirements and specifications. For this reason, the Citaro series concept was the one chosen by the operator because the modular design allows for the customizations needed.
To ensure that passengers will be able to get in and out of the buses, the solo buses are equipped with three doors and the articulated ones have four. The latter type comes with swinging and sliding second and third doors for more standing space right behind the door. There are also folding ramps that facilitate the transport of limited mobility passengers.
There is also a flight destination display system mounted within the buses. The system displays relevant flight and route information for the driver and the passengers.
This new fleet of Citaro buses will augment the Frankfurt Airport shuttle bus fleet, which right now stands at around 100 units.