Baggage-handling system (BHS) specialist Beumer Latinoamericana Equipamentos, part of the Beumer Group, has completed a contract to design, manufacture and integrate a new automated BHS at Tefé Airport in Brazil.
The city of Tefé is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil and can only be accessed by plane (1 hour 10 minutes) or boat (16 hours) from Manaus – the capital of the state of Amazonas. The airport is administrated by Brazilian operator Infraero which manages 60 airports across Brazil.
The new baggage handling system for the departures area is part of the modernization and expansion of the airport terminal, which has been extended from 6,350ft² to 43,055ft². The system integrates check-in scales and take-away conveyors with a complete baggage handling conveyor system. The new system is designed to shorten baggage processing times and to help the airport improve its operational efficiency and deliver an enhanced passenger experience.
Due to the geographical location of the airport, it was important that the chosen BHS minimizes energy consumption, operating and maintenance costs, and environmental impact.
Tefé Airport is one of the main gateways to the interior of northern Brazil and plays an important role in the development and commercial activity in the region, and also serves as a base for transporting humanitarian missions from neighboring countries. Currently the airport operates regular regional flights as well as hosting military aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force, Army and Navy.
The contract underlines the Beumer Group’s strong foothold in the South American regional airport market. In addition to the Tefé Airport contract, Beumer Latinoamericana Equipamentos is also installing systems at Antofagasta Airport, Chile, and the Brazilian airports Araraquara, Franca and Cascavel.