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New BHS contracts at Bahrain and Moscow Sheremetyevo and Jersey's ATC tower

It has been a busy day for supplier news with Vanderlande and ALSTEF announcing new baggage handling contracts and Systems Interface winning a contract at Jersey Airport.

Vanderlande has been commissioned to supply a state-of-the-art baggage handling system for Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

The agreement is for the design, manufacture and installation of a system capable of processing 4,700 bags per hour.

Today's announcement was issued by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT), in co-operation with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), and is part of a major airport overhaul – the Airport Modernisation Program (AMP).

According to the gateway, the project is expected to revitalise much of the potential in Bahrain and the northern gulf region’s aviation industry.

The system will feature an early bag store with capacity for at least 600 items of luggage and eight reclaim belts. Upon completion, it will help to elevate BIA’s infrastructure and services, and increase the airport’s capacity to 14mppa.

The contract was signed at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016, which was held at Sakhir Air Base. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Engineer, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, the BAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, and Vanderlande’s CEO, Govert Hamers.

BAC CEO, Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, said “We look forward to work hand in hand with Vanderlande to deliver a state of the art system which should fulfill our vision to create an exceptional passenger experience.”
Meanwhile in Russia, ALSTEF has been chosen to supply the Baggage Handling System (BHS) for the new Terminal B at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.

The new terminal is part of a major modernisation and expansion project at Moscow Sheremetyevo that includes an automatic people mover, and a baggage transportation system between the terminals.

It will have the capacity to handle up to 15 million passengers per annum on domestic flights when it opens in 2018.

ALSTEF – which supplied Nizhny Novgorod Airport with a new BHS in 2015 – will design, manufacture and install the complete baggage handling system in Terminal B.

According to ALSTEF, the BHS will be a “state of the art” system and include automatic baggage security screening, automatic baggage sortation with a Tilt Tray Sorter, automatic storage of early bags.

There will also be an automatic connection between the Terminal B BHS and the Inter-terminal Baggage Transportation System.

ALSTEF will also be responsible for the full maintenance and operations of Terminal B BHS for the next 10 years.
Jerse tower
Finally, UK-based Systems Interface has been awarded the final phase of Jersey Airport’s new Air Traffic Control contingency facility under its ‘Technology Partner Framework Agreement’.

Having completed the design phase, Systems Interface will deliver this turnkey project, including transition into operational service, during 2016. 

Jersey Airport’s Business Continuity Plan required a resilient operational capability to cover such events as the loss of the existing ATC Building or facilities. In such an emergency the new ATC contingency facility will allow the Air Traffic Control services to continue with minimal interruption from within a building close to the airport.

Systems Interface has been involved since the project’s inception, from providing system design through to managing the equipment procurement process; jointly evaluating multiple tenders for all the necessary equipment with Jersey Airport’s management team; and awarding the contracts to the various equipment manufacturers from around the world.

The Channel Islands airport is enjoying somewhat of a traffic boom handling more than 100,000 flights and 1.5 million passengers in 2015 – the most since its all time high of 2008.

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