BEUMER-PCL awarded GTAA baggage 2025 contract

PLC Construction in North America has in joint venture with the BEUMER Group signed a master agreement with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) for Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Baggage 2025 initiative.

Construction on the first four work packages is about to begin with completion scheduled for 2021.

To accommodate growth and to improve capacity, reliability, and efficiency at the airport, the GTAA is embarking upon an ambitious upgrade to Toronto Pearson’s baggage-handling operations, with an automated system that is relatively new in North America but has been more broadly implemented in Europe and Asia.

As part of the master service agreement, the GTAA will implement Beumer’s automated tote-based baggage transport and sortation system, CrisBag at Toronto Pearson.

BEUMER says that with this solution, each item of baggage remains in the same individually controlled tote and is 100% tracked and traceable at every stage of the baggage-handling process, which is key to complying with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) requirements for US transborder clearance.

“BEUMER Group values long-term partnerships, and with this contract we are set for a journey that will last for many years with a clear aim to transform Toronto Airport’s baggage handling into a leading airport hub operation,” said Christoph Beumer, chairman and CEO, BEUMER Group.

“We have listened to the GTAA’s plans and applied our open mind and creativity to lay out the best solution for developing the airport’s baggage-handling process for the benefit of their passengers and their staff.”

GTAA president and chief executive officer, Howard Eng said as Toronto Pearson’s passenger traffic continues to see significant growth, the GTAA recognises the importance of planning to meet the demands of a future airport that could grow to welcome over 80 million annual passengers in the next 20 years.

He added: “With the innovative solutions designed by our partners at BEUMER Group and PCL Construction, the airport will be well equipped to provide efficient, resilient baggage service and ready the system for an estimated 80 million pieces of luggage per year by the mid-2030s.”

In addition to Beumer and PCL the project team includes Brock Solutions, B+H Architects, Peter Sheffield & Associates, The Mitchell Partnership and Mulvey & Banani International.