Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in Australia has shortlisted the contractors for its baggage handling system.

The contractors will be responsible for the design, construction and operation of the baggage handling system, which is expected to be an important aspect of the airport’s operations.

After the open registration of interest phase, the airport shortlisted Beumer Group Australia, BCS Airport Systems, Vanderlande Industries Australia and Siemens Logistics and Glidepath Australia.

The airport plans to award the contract later this year.

Western Sydney Airport interim CEO Jim Tragotsalos said: “Building an airport from the ground up means we can take advantage of world’s best practice when it comes to designing processes such as baggage handling and the technology behind them, to offer an optimal customer experience.

“We’re focused on ensuring we provide a convenient baggage handling service that gives passengers the confidence that their luggage is in safe hands and will arrive at the right place at the right time.

“Our goal is to design and construct an innovative and flexible system that focuses on worker safety, as well as reducing passenger waiting times, that can be easily expanded and keep up with emerging technology as the airport grows into the future.”

Last month, Western Sydney Airport named IT giant Accenture as its master technologist partner.

Meanwhile, major earthworks are underway at Western Sydney Airport for the construction of the Nancy-Bird Walton terminal, runway, roads and railways.

Expected to open in 2026, the A$5.3bn ($3.5bn) airport will be equipped to handle ten million passengers annually.