Vanderlande Industries (VI) Australia has secured the contract to supply a new baggage handling system (BHS) to Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSIA).

The system will leverage digital technology to track, load and move baggage more efficiently.

At the core of the system will be Vanderlande’s ADAPTO BAGSTORE shuttle-based automated system with built-in sorting capabilities.

The company claims that this system can retrieve each baggage item individually at any time without recirculation, and bags can be sorted directly to a workstation.

WSIA CEO Simon Hickey said: “This innovative, convenient and secure system is the next generation in baggage handling, which will give passengers and airlines the confidence that luggage will arrive safely, at the right place and the right time.

“We’re aiming to make lost luggage a thing of the past at Sydney’s new airport.”

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Vanderlande Australia, which is a subsidiary of Toyota, will be responsible for designing, building and maintaining the system.

The baggage handling system will also replace manual baggage handling as it will be compatible with advanced robotics.

VI and Parcel Solutions executive vice-president and board member Andrew Manship said: “As a strong local partner, we understand and share Western Sydney Airport’s vision.

“This is not only about technology, but also understanding how our solutions can make WSIA a great place to work and support the wider Sydney community.”

Western Sydney International, which is currently under construction, is being completed in several phases and is scheduled to open for international, domestic and air cargo flights in 2026.