Avinor Oslo Airport in Norway has launched a search for suppliers to develop solutions for efficient baggage handling at the airport.

The existing processes to transfer the bags between the baggage hall and the aircraft are manual lifting and manual driving.

This is a time-consuming and expensive process that has not changed in the last 50 years. Around 50% of the costs for baggage handling spent by Oslo Airport are spent on the processes.

Airport manager Stine Ramstad Westby said: “Automated baggage handling will bring significant benefits to airlines, handling agents, Avinor and other professional groups working with heavy manual work today.

“Improvements to this service will be useful for other airports in Avinor, as well as airports around the world.”

This move is a precursor to replacing the oldest baggage system at the airport.

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Westby added: “The baggage system is the heart and blood vessels of the large airport body. Technical failure will have major consequences for the rest of the large machinery that keeps the airport running 24 hours a day.

“To ensure stable operations, 365 days a year, and at the same time provide efficient and competitive services to the airlines, it is important that Oslo Airport has a baggage facility that is modern and has a technology that is robust to handle the stresses.”

With a new facility, the airport operator can streamline airport operations by linking it to a new technology and meet the needs for efficiency and automation.

Avinor Oslo Airport has also planned to develop a test centre spread over 1,500m² to aid in the automated baggage handling development.

Suppliers can test and improve concepts at the centre, along with the handling companies and airlines.

Last September, Avinor unveiled plans to trial two autonomous snowploughs at Oslo Airport.