Siemens to modernise baggage handling systems at airports in Greece


Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has secured a new contract to upgrade the baggage handling systems of 13 out of the 14 Fraport-operated regional airports in Greece.

The project was introduced by a consortium of Fraport and the Greek Copelouzos Group, which holds the concession to operate the airports.

The modernisation of baggage handling systems will enable the airports to ensure increased reliability and security of baggage transport to and from the country.

SPPAL CEO Michael Reichle said: “We are helping in this major step to improve the airport infrastructure in Greece.

“At the same time, the modernisation of the airports plays a major role in raising passenger satisfaction – among tourists and all other passengers to and from Greece.”

As part of the project, all the 13 airports will be integrated with latest equipment, including modern and advanced VarioBelt conveyors, vertical sortation units (VSUs) and horizontal diverting units (HDU).

"The modernisation of the airports plays a major role in raising passenger satisfaction – among tourists and all other passengers to and from Greece."

In order to further enhance security, Siemens is also installing Standard 3 X-ray equipment for hold baggage screening (HBS).

Under the terms of the contract, the company will also deliver smart supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software for monitoring and controlling technical processes.

In addition, the departures areas of the airports will be fitted with new and modern check-in systems and the arrival halls will be equipped with VarioCarousel baggage reclaims.

Last year, the airports together handled 22 million passengers in total.


Image: SPPAL Portugal regional subsidiary CEO Fernando Pires Gonçalves, Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell, and SPPAL Portugal sales head Ricardo Rocha (from left). Photo: courtesy of Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics.