Vanderlande has received a contract to upgrade the baggage handling system (BHS) at Brussels Airport in Belgium.

The contract is a part of a 20-year framework agreement signed between Vanderlande and Brussels Airport Company (BAC), operator of the Brussels Airport, in March.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Upgrades will allow the airport to cater to its future requirements. The airport expects the annual passenger traffic to grow from the present 25 million to 40 million within the next 25 years.

Brussels Airport has introduced a significant investment programme for a compliant airport operation.

Under this investment programme, the airport will replace the existing conventional BHS with Vanderlande’s TUBTRAX technology, upgrade high-level controls and deploy new hold baggage screening (HBS) machines.

These initiatives are being undertaken by the airport to comply with the latest EU Standard 3 regulations.

The new BHS system will link the current check-in and transfer areas with the new HBS systems besides the existing make-up carousels, the sortation area and sorters in Pier A.

With the movement of one item of baggage per tote, TUBTRAX technology will be able to track and trace every item of luggage at any time, irrespective of its location.

Vanderlande will closely collaborate with ENGIE Fabricom Airport Solutions, a key provider of BHS-related activities at the airport.

Given that the new system will be integrated during the live operations at the airport, a high level of brownfield experience is required in terms of both hardware and software.