ACSA Expands Vanderlande Contract

THE AIRPORTS Company of South Africa (ACSA) has signed two five-year service contracts with Vanderlande Industries for work at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA).  The first renews the existing maintenance contract for the baggage handling systems in the Central Terminal Building.  The second covers the full operation of these systems.
According to ORTIA’s Manager of Maintenance and Engineering, Mr Kobus Nel: “ACSA was very comfortable to appoint Vanderlande Industries because of their excellent maintenance performance in the Central Terminal Building over the past two years.  With their team they have been able to contribute to our success during the World Cup in South Africa in ensuring that all soccer fans got their baggage in time with no problems.”
As well as the maintenance tasks, Vanderlande Industries will also carry out all the baggage handling operations in the terminal, from check-in through to flight make-up, including control room operations.  Vanderlande says over 40 operations and maintenance staff have been added to its South African set-up to handle the new contracts.
According to Ms Nina Malherbe, Head of Department Baggage Operations at ORTIA: “The open and proactive attitude of the Vanderlande Industries professionals with a focus on continuous improvement is exactly what we need to achieve our operational targets, and improve efficiencies during the coming years. This was a crucial factor for us in awarding the operations activities for the Central Terminal Building to Vanderlande Industries.  We are happy to note that the recent transition to Vanderlande Industries went smoothly, and we are looking forward to a long-lasting business partnership.”