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Istanbul New Airport completes installation of baggage handling system

Istanbul New Airport, the €10.2 billion gateway currently under construction in Turkey, has completed the installation of its baggage handing system.

The design, production, delivery and assembly of the bespoke 42 kilometre long baggage system was completed in two years, which according to the airport, is a new record.

The system is capable of handling up to 30,000 baggage items per hour.

Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA Airport Construction, said the completion of the BHS was another major milestone for the new airport.

"The baggage system is critical for Istanbul New Airport, which will be serving 200 million passengers a year along with flight services to more than 350 destinations, when all phases are completed," he said.
"It will ensure an uninterrupted passenger experience by bringing down the waiting period for the baggage items to a minimum level.

"To establish the system with its 42 kilometers, we used 3,300 tons of steel and laid 650-kilometer-long cables.

"Smart devices operating with 170 special microprocessors will make sorting and stocking of the baggage.

"We will be able to handle 30,000 baggage items per hour. Furthermore, the terminal building is equipped with 13 check-in islands and 468 points where passengers can hand in and check in their luggage."

Talking about their functionality-based approach to meet the needs of passengers in the context of Istanbul new Airport project, Akçayoğlu, remarked: "Thanks to our baggage system, we will outperform many airports around the world.
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"Our baggage storing capacity is 10,800 items, for example, which means that passengers who arrive at the airport early will be able to hand in their luggage whenever they wish.

"Moreover, in case of a delay, we will not have any problems with space to store the baggage.

"The baggage items will be put away to shelves from 48 early baggage-storing robots.

"The system also includes 28 (10 domestic, 18 international) incoming passenger baggage receiver carousels. Eight of these carousels have the capacity to sort out wide-body aircrafts (F and E series).

"We also have 48 baggage sorting carousels which will help to sort out outgoing baggage based on flights."

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