Thursday, May 4, 2017
Tram troubles plague Orlando International Airport
OIA in midst of $3 billion construction project
By Daniel Dahm
The Orlando (FL) Sentinel
ORLANDO, Fla. - Trams continue to malfunction at Orlando International Airport, the latest incident reported Tuesday morning.
Airport officials said the seventh incident affected travelers headed to Gates 30-59, mostly passengers of United, American and Spirit airlines.
There were no reports of missed flights after the 20-minute outage, which was caused by a jammed door, airport officials said.
Passengers aboard the tram were asked to step off and board buses, officials said.
The airport is in the midst of a $3 billion construction project and an airport representative said there will be some "bumps in the road" while work is being completed.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority apologized last week for the ongoing tram outages, which it blamed on mechanical issues.
"GOAA continues to work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America and its contractors, who are responsible for the installation and operation of the tram system, to resolve ongoing issues," OIA said in a statement last week.
GOAA board chairman Frank Kruppenbacher said he personally called Mitsubishi and said, "They better get everybody here and their uncle to get this fixed or rectified."
He asked his staff to draft a letter to Mitsubishi asking that the company reimburse customers and airlines who have suffered losses because of the problems.