Vanderlande awarded baggage handling system contract at Brussels Airport

Airport logistics automation company Vanderlande has been awarded the contract to execute a significant upgrade to the baggage handling system (BHS) at Brussels Airport.

The contract forms an integral part of the 20-year framework agreement signed between the Brussels Airport Company (BAC) and Vanderlande in March 2019, with proposed upgrade enabling the airport to handle an expected growth in annual passenger numbers from 25 to 40 million within the next 25 years.

“Brussels Airport has a clear vision on its future and we look forward to playing a vital role in support of this,” said Vanderlande’s Executive Vice President and Member of the Board Andrew Manship.

“We are proud to have the confidence of Brussels Airport Company as a long term partner.  As passenger numbers continue to rise globally, we are proud to be recognised for our cutting-edge solutions, as well as our experience and expertise in this field.”

The new BHS system comes as part of a large-scale investment programme by Brussels Airport. This will include replacing their existing BHS with Vanderlande’s system and integrating new hold baggage-screening (HBS) machines to comply with the latest EU standard 3 regulations.

The Vanderlande BHS system will connect the existing check-in and transfer areas with the new HBS systems and the existing sorters, make-up carousels and the sortation area in Pier A. Its ‘Tubtrax’ technology only transports one item of baggage per tote, which means it is able to track and trace each piece of luggage at any time

Vanderlande plans to cooperate on this project with ENGIE Fabricom Airport Solutions, a key supplier in respect to BHS-related activities at Brussels Airport.