Japan’s Narita International Airport has awarded ICM Airport Technics a contract to deploy 72 self-service auto bag drop (ABD) units across four terminals.

The installation of the self-service baggage solutions is expected to enhance passenger check-in efficiency and bag drop times ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

ICM Group CEO Richard Dinkelmann said: “ICM is delighted to have been appointed by Narita to bring our world-leading self-service solutions to improve the passenger experience and throughput in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.

“This is an ideal opportunity for ICM to showcase our technology in Japan.”

Under the contract, ICM will gradually install Series 7 ABD units in all four terminal buildings at Narita International Airport.

The company’s self-service baggage solutions incorporate a number of user-friendly features, including multi-lingual functionality.

Australia-based ICM Airport Technics, which was acquired by Spanish IT solution provider Amadeus in June, also has operations in the UK, France, Singapore, Japan and the US.

So far, it has provided more than 1,100 ABD units to 39 airport terminals across the globe. The units have processed more than 80 million bags.

In March last year, Narita International Airport revealed plans to build a third runway to manage growing passenger traffic.

The airport currently has two runways, including the 4,000m-long A Runway and 2,500m-long B Runway.

The C Runway will be 3,500m-long and is scheduled to become operational by 2028. It will be constructed in parallel with the other two runways.

Plans are also in place to extend the B Runway by 1,000m to accommodate larger aircraft.