London Stansted Airport in the UK has invested £59m towards a new baggage delivery system that will overhaul the network of conveyor belts, lifts and chutes below the main terminal.
BEUMER Group has designed the system and will be responsible for its installation.
Upgrades to renovate the check-in areas and deploy high tech ‘Standard 3’ baggage scanners will also be carried out.
The project’s first phase includes the construction of new chutes and track around the existing conveyor belt layout.
This will ensure that airport baggage operations are not disturbed during the work.
The system is expected to be fully installed in the next two years. New baggage carts will send luggage around the network at 18km/h.
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The baggage will be ready for aircraft loading approximately six minutes after check-in, the airport noted.
Stansted Transformation Project change director John Farrow said: “We’re absolutely delighted to reach the first major milestone in the hold baggage system project. While passengers simply hand their baggage in at check-in for their journey, below the terminal is a highly automated and complex system that seamlessly and safely ensures the right bag reaches the right flight.
“Over the next couple of years, the whole landscape of the baggage hall will change as we remodel the layout with the new fast-track system, which will span the full length of the terminal.”
Since commencing in 2017, the airport’s transformation project has included a terminal extension for new security lanes, a shoreline check-in area, eight new aircraft stands and a multi-level carpark with a capacity of 2,700.
Initial work for the construction of a new arrivals terminal has also commenced.
Last week, the Wi-Fi at London Stansted Airport received child-friendly certification from Friendly WiFi.