Finland’s Helsinki Airport has announced that its new baggage handling system will be rolled out in phases over the next year.

The airport expects to handle 30 million annual passengers in future years.

Part of the airport operator Finavia’s €1bn investment to expand and develop Helsinki Airport, the new luggage system is expected to increase the airport’s throughput and quality.

Finavia service manager of security services at Helsinki Airport Joni Pekkanen listed features of the new system. He said: “Three up-to-date cargo luggage X-rays, which can inspect up to 3,300 more bags per hour. New space for a luggage storage area that has room for 1,000 more bags.

“A conveyer belt that reaches a staggering 15km in length. New ramps, baggage carousels and transfer feeders. All in all, 10,000m² more space.”

Finavia noted that the baggage handling capability is expected to be 130% more efficient than the existing system.

It also features a luggage storage area where an automated system stores baggage during layovers to ease the process of changing flights.

The system aims to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of luggage at the airport.

In May, Helsinki Airport announced plans to install solar power panels on the roof of the new west wing as part of its corporate responsibility.

The panels are part of Helsinki Airport’s own solar power plant and was the first part of the plant to be inaugurated almost two years ago.

In February, Finavia inaugurated its new Aukio terminal extension at Helsinki Airport.