SIGNIFICANT CHANGES to the baggage handling systems (BHS) at Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 are expected after contracts were awarded to Siemens Mobility and Crisplant.
Siemens Mobility, the main project contractor, has a €63m (US$89.1m) order to extend the BHS and the early bag store, increasing the sorting and storage capacity by 30%. The airport’s current conveyor belts are over 25 miles (40km) long and transport, scan and sort around 14,000 bags per hour at 15mph (25km/h). Siemens plans to install around 2,000 new sorter elements to boost the system’s performance by a third.
Crisplant will design, manufacture and supply an extension to the CrisBag BHS, which was installed in the terminal when it opened in 2003. The system combines high speed with special totes, enabling 100% track and trace (including x-ray scanning and in the Early Baggage Storage system). The new contract will extend the capacity for storing empty totes in various locations as well as adding capacity for a further 1,000 items of early baggage.
Klaus Schäfer, Crisplant’s Managing Director, said: “The CrisBag system allows Munich to process and transport baggage very quickly over long distances, whilst also giving it the flexibility of being able to locate and monitor the security status of any item of baggage, at any stage of the baggage handling process.”
The expansion of Terminal 2 comes after a considerable increase in passenger traffic. During the first half of 2011, Munich Airport GmbH registered just under 18 million passengers, up more than 13% on the same period last year. The new project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.