Automated material handling systems developer Vanderlande Industries has secured a €125m contract to supply and install a baggage handling system at King Abdulaziz International Airport's new terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The new system is based on Vanderlande's Tubtrax concept, which will be used to transport baggage at high speed in tubs over distances of more than 1km throughout the terminal, which will open in 2014.
Vanderlande's Bagstore system will provide automated, space-saving storage of early bags, and its Vanderlande Industries Baggage Execution System software suite will control the system and support operators.
Tubtrax will transport baggage from 216 check-ins to 32 make-up carousels, and will allow each item to be retrieved individually according to priority, thereby maximising flexibility and control.
In addition, the system will transport and sort baggage from the aircraft stands to one of 20 claim carousels.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation, owner of King Abdulaziz International Airport, will expand the airport's capacity over three phases by 2035.
The first phase includes a new passenger terminal, a cargo village, high-speed rail links to Mecca and Medina, a new air traffic control complex and tower, systems and equipment, taxiways, airside and landside road networks, utilities networks, services and support buildings.
During the first phase, the terminal will have a capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year.