Vanderlande Contract for Jeddah

Vanderlande Industries has won a €125 million (US$167.4m) contract to supply and install the baggage handling system for the new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The order forms part of the total contract for the terminal – due to open in 2014 – which was awarded to the Saudi Binladen Group, one of the largest contractors in the Middle East.
The new system will be based on Vanderlande’s TUBTRAX concept that will transport baggage in tubs from the terminal’s 216 check-ins to its 32 make-up carousels.  Automated, space-saving storage of early bags will be provided by the company’s BAGSTORE system.  Vandelande Industries Baggage Execution System (VIBES) software suite will control the product and support its operators.  Furthermore, the system will also feature automatic handling of arrivals baggage.
Managing Director of Baggage Handling at Vanderlande Industries, Pieter Havenaar, said that the company was “extremely happy” with the order.
The new terminal is expected to have a capacity of 30 million passengers a year on completion.