A Leonardo-led consortium has secured a €150m contract to upgrade the Baggage Handling Systems at Zurich International Airport in Switzerland.
In the contract, the Italian aerospace technology company Leonardo’s share is worth approximately €120m while the other partner, Austrian company motion06, will take the remaining €30m.
Under the terms of the contract, Leonardo will be responsible for the overall project management, system design and integration. It will also oversee the supply of cross-belt sorters and IT systems. motion06 will provide vital equipment.
Leonardo’s solution will include eight MBHS cross-belt sorters with 80 induction lines, for a total length of about 4km, nearly 7km of high-speed conveyors for inter-terminal connections with a speed of 6 miles per second and 12km of traditional conveyors.
The company will also install a conveyor-based Early Baggage Storage for 2,000 bags.
The system features advanced IT systems for management, flow management software for intelligent routing in addition to a diagnostic system based on a network of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors with a ‘big-data’ analysis mechanism for predictive maintenance.
Leonardo and motion06 will replace most of the existing baggage handling system’s electromechanical and IT components, which will enable it to manage more than 16,000 bags per hour.
As part of a wider programme to improve and expand the infrastructure at Zurich Airport, the design work of the baggage handling project will commence in the next few weeks, with work on-site scheduled to start during the second half of next year.
Final delivery is set to take place in 2025.
Zurich Airport served more than 29 million passengers last year, an increase of 6.3% over the previous year, and hosted more than 270,000 flight movements.