Vanderlande Wins Pulkovo

Vanderlande Industries will build and integrate a new fully automated baggage handling system for Pulkovo Saint Petersburg Airport in Russia.  The new baggage handling system, worth €15 million (US $20.2m), will be integrated in a new passenger terminal that will give the airport the capacity to manage the growing amount of baggage that passengers will check-in for flights to and from the airport.
In 2010, the city of St Petersburg handed over ownership, operation and development of Pulkovo Airport to a concessionaire, Northern Capital Gateway (NCG), which will operate and develop the airport for the next two decades.  Early in 2011, NCG entered into a joint venture with Turkish-based Iç-Içtas and Italian company Astaldi, both known main contractors to Vanderlande Industries, to develop a new combined international and domestic passenger terminal.
According to Ronald IJntema, Area Director at Vanderlande Industries: “This order further confirms Vanderlande Industries’ leading position in the Russian Federation.  We are now the leading baggage handling system supplier at the four busiest airports in Russia”.
The baggage handling system will include (among others) 96 check-in positions, two Helixorter tilt-tray sorters, a lane-based early bag storage for 820 bags, seven tilted Triplanar arrival carousels, configurations for manual inspection by Russian customs authorities and a baggage reconciliation system – part of the Vanderlande Vibes software suite.  The terminal is expected to start operations in 2013.