Alstef Group has secured a contract from Sofia Airport in Bulgaria to supply, install, and maintain a new baggage handling system (BHS).

The deployment of the passenger baggage management solution under the BGN20m ($11m) contract is said to align with the pace of traffic rebound and the airport’s development plans.

Alstef Group CEO Nicolas Breton said: “Alstef Group is delighted to be selected as the baggage handling system technology partner of Sofia Airport and to support the airport’s quest to deliver a more streamlined and enjoyable passenger experience.”

Once completed, the BHS will facilitate full self-service (self-bag drop) at pre-check-in for a flight, as well as allow check-in agent-assisted service.

In addition to the deployment of the new baggage system, the airport plans to rebuild the check-in area in Terminal 2 (T2).

Going forward, the airport plans to add more check-in counters.

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The new BHS system is expected to increase T2’s passenger handling capacity and help manage the passenger volumes diverted from Terminal 1 (T1).

Sofia Airport CEO Jesus Caballero said: “The baggage management system is key to how the airport operates. We’re buying a state-of-the-art technology solution that will make us faster and more efficient, and that will benefit our millions of passengers.

“The project is part of the airport’s overall transformation, for which we are investing €76m by the end of 2025.”

Last month, Canada’s Edmonton International Airport also chose Alstef as its preferred partner for its baggage system upgrade project.