Automated baggage handling system specialist Beumer Group has been selected by airport operator Avinor to design, integrate and operate a new baggage handling system (BHS) at Oslo Airport.
The investment in the new BHS, which will replace the existing system, is a key element in Oslo Airport’s development strategy to future-proof operations and to become a central hub, and will also allow the airport to deliver forward-thinking operations based on data-driven decisions.
Beumer’s CrisBag tote-based baggage handling system will be delivered as an end-to-end solution for the entire baggage handling process. Departure, arrival and transfer baggage will be processed inside the same system, and with 100% tracking at all times.
For baggage handlers, this should mean more effective handling will be possible, without heavy lifting, and with automated speed loading, which is typically used in warehouse and distribution centers. For airlines, the BHS will enable fast baggage transfers, which are increasingly important for passengers and essential in terms of competitive hub operations.
“The CrisBag system is a proven technology which is used in challenging hub operations in some of the world’s most renowned hubs, which are known for their operational punctuality,” said Beumer Group A/S CEO Klaus Toftgaard Spens. “The ingenuity lies in simplicity, which springs from the modularity which simplifies ongoing integration with new technology without disrupting operations. CrisBag can also operate with a very high level of redundancy to ensure a steady quality of baggage handling.”
Oslo Airport’s managing director, Stine Ramstad Westby, added, “It has been our wish to invest in a new system that allows us to achieve expansion and to use new technology to modernize airport operation. An investment of this scale is based on a solution that is simple to reconfigure and expand to meet future requirements. Low operating costs and data transparency are also vital to help us to grow and to continue to optimize our performance.”
Avinor has chosen a 25-year operation and maintenance (O&M) partnership, which will see Beumer continually optimize the baggage handling to meet Avinor’s strategy for Oslo Airport to develop as a hub. “We chose Beumer Group based on their know-how and experience with long-term baggage handling operations and documented operational savings from other airport hubs,” said Westby.