Bahrain International awards baggage handling contract to Vanderlande

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Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has awarded Vanderlande the contract to design, manufacture and install a state-of-the-art baggage handling system that will be capable of processing 4,700 bags per hour.

The contract is part of the Airport Modernisation Program (AMP), a major overhaul of the airport that is expected to revitalize much of the potential in Bahrain and the northern gulf region’s aviation industry.

Vanderlande’s system will include an early bag store with capacity for 600 items of luggage as well as eight reclaim belts. Once completed, the baggage handling system will improve the airport’s infrastructure and services, and will increase capacity to 14 million passengers annually.

The contract was signed at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016, which was held at Sakhir Air Base on January 21-23. Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, chief executive officer of Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), said “We look forward to working hand in hand with Vanderlande to deliver a state-of-the-art system which should fulfill our vision to create an exceptional passenger experience.”

Govert Hamers, Vanderlande CEO, added, “We are delighted that Vanderlande has been successful in securing this prestigious contract with BIA. As a reliable partner for the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications and BAC, we are looking forward to delivering our innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services to satisfy the airport’s ongoing requirements

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