ON NOVEMBER 10 Vanderlande Industries and China’s Shenzhen Airport Authority (SAA) signed a €26 million (US$34.3m) contract to deliver a new baggage handling system for the airport’s new Terminal 3 (T3). “Vanderlande was awarded the contract because they had the best solution to cope with the exponential growth we are experiencing,” said Mr Yang Haibin, SAA’s Chief of Expansion Construction Headquarters. “They designed a smart system that is efficient and high quality and will enable us to offer the best service to our customers.”
The 400,000 m2 T3 will be able to handle 40 million passengers a year. The expansion will make Shenzhen airport the fourth-largest in China, but it is set for further expansion. “In fact, interfaces for a high-speed DCV system will already be incorporated in the design to allow the connection to the future mid-field terminal, which will increase the capacity with another 15 million passengers” commented Mr Ben Xia, General Manager of Vanderlande Industries Logistics Automated Systems branch office in Shanghai.
The contract includes eleven check-in islands with 214 desks, four HELIXORTER tilt tray sorters, two transfer inputs, 62 laterals and four TRIPLANAR carousels for flight make-up, 20 TRIPLANAR baggage reclaim carousels, a 52-lane early bag storage with a 1,500 bag capacity and an empty tub return system. The T3 baggage handling system is scheduled to be finished by the end of September 2012.