Following a successful trial period, Vanderlande has received an order to supply 160 innovative STACK@EASE manual loading aids to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), believes that they provide the best solution to enhance the automation of its baggage handling system as well as ensure the health and safety of handling staff. HKIA is one of the busiest international passenger airports in the world, handling more than 80,000 pieces of baggage a day.
“Although we have a state-of-the-art computerised BHS, much physical effort is required to load and unload bags to the aircraft containers,” says Steven Yiu, general manager airfield, AAHK. “To maintain a reliable and efficient system that meets passenger expectations, we have to safeguard the wellbeing of the ground staff who handle our ever increasing volumes of baggage.”
As a highly flexible and ergonomic solution, STACK@EASE takes the heavy lifting out of baggage handling by helping staff load containers and carts to actively reduce their physical workload. According to Vanderlande, it can also be integrated with a radio frequency identification (RFID) device that provides a faster, more accurate read rate of RFID bag tags, which ultimately enhances the effectiveness of the automatic baggage reconciliation system. The airport will install around 160 units across its facilities over the next two years.
Back in Bergen
SSP has announced details of the three outlets it is scheduled to open at Bergen Airport following the company’s first contract win at the airport since it opened in 1955.
The featured brands are O’Learys, Upper Crust and Point, all three of which are already popular F&B outlets at Oslo, Trondheim and Tromsø airports in Norway.
The new additions are part of a project to double the size of the airport’s commercial area to provide improved and more diverse options for travellers. The new outlets are due to open in 2017.
Commenting on the deal, Morten Solberg Nilsen, managing director of SSP Norway and Denmark, says: “We are delighted that SSP is now a part of the offering at Bergen Airport and are pleased to introduce some of our most successful brands to its customers.
“At Bergen Airport travellers tend to spend a larger than average percentage of their time at the terminal, and we know that our offerings will cater to their needs and allow them to make the most of their time in the terminal.”
Certificate of success
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for its “decisive contribution” towards the success of the US pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Over 600,000 passengers used the SPPAL technology-equipped US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Terminal 3 in 2015, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
The airport recently won an ‘Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance’, due in part to the success of the new facility, and the certificate from operator, Abu Dhabi Airports, recognises the role SPPAL played in the achievement.
By using the facility, passengers on US-bound flights clear immigration and customs at Abu Dhabi International Airport allowing them to be treated as ‘domestic’ passengers upon arrival.
Under United States law all US pre-clearance facilities must have state-of-the-art equipment such as a modern baggage handling system with advanced screening technology before they can be approved.