Babcock Airports


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Baggage Handling Systems

Cambridge Road,
LE8 6LH,
United Kingdom
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Babcock Airports is an established industry leader in the provision of airport baggage handling systems. Tens of millions of passengers entrust their belongings to Babcock Airports’ baggage handling systems every year. Babcock Airports’ products and systems include:

  • Check-in conveyors
  • Systems integration
  • Automatic hold baggage screening
  • Integrated hold baggage screening systems
  • BAG-NAV – baggage management software
  • Transfer baggage systems
  • Early bag storage
  • Baggage sortation
  • Out of gauge facilities
  • Multi-platform PLC-based control systems
  • Linear drive low maintenance carousels
  • SCADA and MIS systems

Airport baggage handling

We design, build and commission complete baggage handling facilities incorporating associated software systems. Our extensive project management experience has led to many successfully completed major contracts worldwide. We also provide systems integration services, managing the integration of third party equipment using our state-of-the-art control system equipment and BAG-NAV, our own in-house baggage management software.

Our unique position as operators and maintainers of entire baggage systems gives us a unique view on the need for effective and efficient solutions.

Hold baggage screening and explosive detection systems

Our pedigree in installing checked (hold) baggage-screening systems is second to none. We have installed systems across the globe without disrupting airport operations.

Babcock Airports' new baggage management software is the one of the most advanced baggage control systems available today.
24/7 support gives you qualified technical and operational support at the end of the phone, day or night, for anything from baggage conveyors to explosion detection systems.
Babcock Airports was one of the first to introduce intregated 100% HBS in a baggage system with the Heathrow Terminal 1 redevelopment; this system is still functioning above requirements today.
Systems simulation validates our designs using your expected baggage profiles, to prove the performance of the baggage management system. Scenarios can be tested to check the system can handle every possible situation.
From check-in to baggage reclaim. Tens of millions of passengers entrust their belongings to Babcock Airports' baggage handling systems every year.

We also provide automated computer assisted passenger profiling systems (CAPPS) to provide unmanned identification and screening of selected baggage conforming to US requirements. Our systems integrate seamlessly with all CT and EDS equipment from other suppliers.

BAG-NAV – baggage management software

For many years, Babcock Airports has used its own in-house software technicians to develop a truly unique baggage control solution. BAG-NAV is a Windows-based sort allocation computer that integrates the entire baggage handling process into a complete software package.

BAG-NAV can be configured to fit any airport no matter how big or small and has many additional features, which makes it one of the most advanced baggage control systems on the market today. Some of these features include:

  • Complete tracking from check-in to aircraft
  • Sortation control
  • Automatic chute scheduling
  • Automated bag routing
  • Multi-user functionality
  • Screening image storage and retrieval
  • Baggage reconciliation
  • Check-in management
  • Global bag tracking

Baggage management systems: designs to suit your operation

Much of our success can be attributed to innovation, both in system design and equipment. By understanding your needs and business drives, we provide systems that meet and exceed the high demands of modern airport processes. Prior to production, our designs are tested using computer simulation techniques, to prove the design delivers the specific performance you require.

After sales and service

We understand that supporting you with your new equipment is key to you getting the best out of your new Babcock Airports system. Training, support and spares provision are vital to an effective operation. We provide detailed training and support programmes to ensure that new equipment can be operated and maintained by your staff. Our courses can be given to varying levels of staff, from simple operation, to detailed maintenance programmes and software configuration courses – all tailored to meet the needs of your organisation.

Our system support services ensure effective service using a combination of modem and local call-out to your installation, guaranteed by excellent service level targets. 24/7 hotline services ensure you are only a phone call away from technical experts who can assist you with any concern you may have, whatever the time.

Our innovative spares service gives you enormous flexibility in spares management, from on-line ordering to a complete Just-in-time service, providing a worry-free service to your operation.

Operations and maintenance

With a team of more than 500 operations and maintenance staff, we can provide a complete package of system management, operating and maintaining your system to agreed performance targets, irrespective of manufacturer. We are the only company who can provide this level of service, and can demonstrate an “end-user” approach to our entire product and service portfolio.

Press Releases

  • Airports: Another Implementation of BagNav

    Following the successful implementation of ALSTEC's BagNav system into Vancouver, we have received an order for the design, supply and commissioning of a BagNav Sort Allocation Computer (SAC) system as part of a prestigious baggage handling contract for Emirates Airlines. The baggage handling sys

  • BagNav Installed At Vancouver Airport

    This month saw the completion of the major portion of our BagNav installation at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Two of the airport's baggage halls are now fully equipped with sortation and 100% Hold Baggage Screening (HBS), with the last baggage hall to be completed by the end of the year

  • Inter-Terminal Baggage Operations Contract at Heathrow Airport

    We are pleased to confirm that BAA plc have agreed a ten year contract with ALSTEC for the provision of Inter-Terminal Baggage Transfer Operations (ITO) at Heathrow Airport. As the world's busiest international airport, Heathrow depends upon a fast, reliable transfer service for passeng

  • New Contract at London Luton Airport

    London Luton Airport has placed a contract with ALSTEC for the provision of an additional baggage system. The project will include installation of check-in desks and ancillary systems to facilitate hold baggage screening. The project is intended to supplement the existing baggage system.


  • Dubai World Central Airport Expansion, Dubai

    Dubai World Central (DWC), also known as Al Maktoum International Airport, embarked on an expansion project undertaken by The Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), an autonomous entity responsible for the planning and development of Dubai’s airports.

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