Skyport, or Bermuda LF Wade International Airport, has called on the local community to donate used luggage to help with testing equipment in the new passenger terminal building.
For every donated piece of luggage, a ‘tag’ will be issued as a raffle ticket for a monthly draw. Prizes will include gas vouchers, restaurant gift cards and grocery vouchers.
The new airport terminal building, which will be completed in 2020, will have state-of-the-art equipment, including a cutting-edge baggage handling system. It was installed by Glidepath, a New Zealand-based company with nearly 50 years of experience in delivering airport baggage handling and integrated security screening systems.
The system consists of 242 conveyors, almost 3.5km (2.2 miles) in length traveling at up to 1.8m/s (6ft/s). In addition to transporting bags to the flight loading location, the system software will maintain the passenger information for each bag and monitor its position on the conveyor belts.
Mikaela Pearman, Skyport marketing and communications officer, says, “A fully functioning baggage handling system is an integral part of an efficient airport terminal. Skyport, along with its partners in the program, will be conducting tests and trials of the system and we encourage members of the community to donate old luggage they are no longer using so that we can test the system efficiently. The testing of equipment brings us one step closer to opening a world-class airport for Bermuda.”