The Netherlands-based material handling company Vanderdale has been awarded the contract to supply modern baggage handling system (BHS) at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

The scope of the assignment includes the designing, manufacturing and installation of a baggage handling system that will be able to process 4,700 bags every hour.

The BHS is expected to include an early bag store with the capacity of 600 items of luggage and eight reclaim belts.

The new BHS will help improve infrastructure of the airport to cater to the passenger capacity of 14 million passengers every year.

The project has been commissioned to Vanderdale by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT) and the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC).

"We are delighted that Vanderlande has been successful in securing this prestigious contract with BIA."

Vanderlande CEO Govert Hamers said: "We are delighted that Vanderlande has been successful in securing this prestigious contract with BIA.

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"As a reliable partner for the MTT and BAC, we are looking forward to delivering our innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services to satisfy the airport’s ongoing requirements."

The contract was signed at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016 held at Sakhir Air Base.

BAC chief executive officer Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah said: "We look forward to work hand in hand with Vanderlande to deliver a state-of-the-art system which should fulfil our vision to create an exceptional passenger experience."

Image: BIA will get a new baggage handling system to be deployed by Vanderdale. Photo: courtesy of Fanuc18/Wikipedia.