Tokyo’s Haneda Airport introduces self bag drop system

Photo: Tokyo Haneda Airport

Despite the COVID-19 crisis forcing a year-long delay to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city’s Haneda Airport (IATA: NRT) has completed an infrstructure upgrade that was linked to the global event.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Narita was Japan’s fastest growing airport in terms of passenger numbers and its capacity has recently been increased through new terminal extensions. As part of its prepartions to host higher passenger numbers for the Olympic Games and beyond, Narita chose to install a new self bag drop system inside its Terminals 2 and 3, which were implemented and installed by Germany’s Materna IPS (intelligent passenger solutions), and the Tokyo Kanetsu engineering company.

(Photo: Materna IPS)

The plans called for the fully automated Materna Flex.Go bag drops to be avialble just in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2020, so the new equipment was ready in April 2020 with 68 self bag drop units. Later stages of the project will result in a total of 104 units being installed before the end of this year. Japan Airlines (JAL) is already using the equipment for its passengers while All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Delta Airlines (DAL) as well as many other airlines will follow shortly.

The functions performed by Flex.Go include fully automated baggage classification, weighing and scanning and Materna IPS and TKK will be integrating the product into the planned One ID biometric solution Haneda is working towards.