Amsterdam Baggage Upgrade

THE SCHIPHOL Group has signed a €350 million loan agreement with the European Investment Bank to finance the continued upgrade and expansion of the baggage handling system at Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport.  This investment programme began in 2004 and is expected to be completed by 2013.  The new baggage system will allow Schiphol Group to maintain and improve its hub operation, especially where passenger transfer flights are concerned.
Pieter Verboom, Member of the Management Board and CFO of Schiphol Group said: “This finance agreement with the European Investment Bank is important with regards to the ongoing infrastructure investment programmes at Schiphol.”
The project will include expanding three existing baggage halls – D, E and South – and constructing a high-speed mechanical conveyor system that will increase transfer baggage capacity by 50% from 6,000 to 9,000 per hour.  The baggage storage facility will be raised from 4,000 to 8,700 bags.  Reduced delivery times between airport arrival and bag delivery will significantly improve passenger service, and the project will increase peak handling capacity to cater for the predicted growth in passenger numbers.
Preparatory studies for the baggage upgrade programme were initiated in 2000, construction was started in 2004 and the work is expected to be completed by 2013.  The airport will continue to be fully operational during implementation of the upgrade, with baggage flow and minimum connection times being maintained.