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What’s hot in the world of airport baggage handling? Joe Bates reviews some of the latest contract awards, openings and innovations.

Vanderlande has been awarded the baggage handling contract for Moscow Domodedovo Airport’s new Terminal 2.

The terminal is being constructed to ensure that the gateway is equipped to meet rising demand and the thousands of extra visitors that are expected to descend on the city during Russia’s hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Dutch baggage handling giant, which also recently announced that it has supplied and installed 72 STACK@EASE units as part of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 integrated baggage system, installed the baggage handling system in Domodedovo’s Terminal 1.

Domodedovo is one of Moscow’s three major airports alongside Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. It is also one of the largest airports in Russia in terms of passenger and cargo traffic, handling a record 30 million passengers in 2015.

The gateway’s new Terminal 2 will feature Vanderlande’s TUBTRAX 2.0 (an individual carrier system) and BAGSTORE (with over 1,000 storage positions) technologies. 

In addition, an advanced hold baggage screening system compliant with ECAC 3 will be integrated with the new BHS as well as check-in positions and carousels. The capacity is expected to be around 5,400 bags per hour. 

The deadline for handing over the baggage system is March 1, 2018. This was an essential condition owing to Russia’s staging of the FIFA World Cup the same year. 

“Our team faces a tight deadline, but I am confident that we will deliver a world-class baggage handling system on schedule,” says Vanderlande’s executive vice president for airports, Andrew Manship.

Daifuku wins BHS contract at Montréal Trudeau

In North America, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has selected Daifuku Airport Technologies to supply its Baggage Tray System (BTS) as part of an Explosives Detection System (EDS) Retrofit contract for the Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport.

 Daifuku Airport Technologies will replace the existing international BTS technology to improve the tracking efficiencies and reduce in-system times.

The new system will be installed over multiple phases, including the integration of Morpho CTX 9800, standard belt conveyors and the BTS to provide transportation both pre and post Explosive Detection System with delivery to final sortation and baggage make-up. 

The system will also utilise the latest tray management software to ensure the maximum operating efficiency and future expansion.

“Our BTS solution is one of the most flexible products on the market and facilitates easier integration with existing baggage facilities,” enthuses Matt Walker, Daifuku’s Aéroport de Montréal account manager. 

“Our vast experience and expertise in providing customers with innovative and flexible solutions were key factors in winning this project.”

BEUMER complete huge Gatwick installation

BEUMER Group UK has completed the installation of a new CrisBag Early Bag Store (EBS) and baggage handling system as part of Gatwick Airport’s £186 million redevelopment of the South Terminal Pier 1.

The system is the first EBS to be installed at Gatwick and, uniquely, checked baggage can be viewed by passengers through a window overlooking the baggage handling system. 

Other viewing windows in the new passenger gate rooms provide passengers with outstanding views across the runway.

Gatwick’s new system provides 2,600 EBS spaces, which according to BEUMER, has enabled the gateway to offer advance check-in of baggage up to 18 hours before departure. 

It believes this service will contribute to improved passenger satisfaction and help reduce Departure Hall queues by allowing Gatwick to spread check-in times.

BEUMER is also quick to point out that 100% traceability of each bag within the EBS will virtually eliminate the possibility of a bag being lost in the baggage handling process.

The baggage handling system serves the entire South Terminal and provides the capacity to handle over 4,240 bags per hour.

“The new systems in Gatwick’s Pier 1 combine some of the most advanced and energy-efficient baggage handling technologies,” explains Peter Gilks, managing director of BEUMER Group UK’s Airports Division.

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