Baku Heydar Aliyev airport gears up for Eurovision song contest traffic

23 May 2012 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2012 04:35)

Vanderlande Industries has signed a deal with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) to deliver a new baggage handling system (BHS) to Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan, in time for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Vanderlande Industries has signed a deal with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) to deliver a new baggage handling system (BHS) to Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan, in time for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Under the €5m contract, Vanderlande will provide a new BHS to support passenger inflow during the annual singing competition, which will be held in the Azerbaijan capital in May 2012.

According to the company, the BHS, which is expected to be functional by July 2013, comprises 24 check-in locations and a security screening concept, designed as per the new European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 regulations.

The BHS also includes a BAXORTER loop sorter, which can sort 11 destinations, high-level controls and a baggage reconciliation system.

Vanderlande said that the arrivals system in the new terminal is made up of four tilted Triplanar arrival carousels, along with feeding lines.

It is not the first time that the airline has worked with the company, in 2011 AZAL placed an order with Vanderlande to replace the existing arrival carousels in the current passenger terminal with new Triplanar carousels.

To further support the surge of Eurovision Song Contest traffic, AZAL has launched mobile and web check-in services for passengers arriving in Baku.

The airliner has adopted SITA's Horizon Passenger Mobile solution, which will offer travellers various self-service options, further facilitating passengers to check-in, select their seat and generate their boarding pass through their mobile phones or via the web.

AZAL said that the solution will also facilitate the passengers to board the flight using a self-printed boarding pass.


Image: The new Baggage handling system at Baku airport is expected to be functional by July 2013. Photo: courtesy of Bsuclan.