Published On: Sat, Nov 21st, 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport expands baggage handling system

vaakamatkalaukut0112HL_uuAbu Dhabi Airports announced today several key capacity expansion initiatives at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), that will significantly improve overall operational efficiency.

These projects are being delivered in cooperation with Siemens, and are part of the upgrade of the baggage handling system at the capital’s airport, aimed at increasing its capacity and ensuring it is equipped with the right infrastructure needed to cope with the expected passenger growth.

In Terminal 1, Siemens is adding new baggage conveyor lines and a fully automated hold baggage screening system, along with explosives trace detection equipment (ETD). This new system replaces the current manual screening in the lobby of Terminal 1 and Terminal 1A, freeing up space in the terminal entrance for departing passengers, and new retail facilities.

In Terminal 3, upgrades include doubling of check-in capacity and expansion of the baggage sorting areas.

Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “Abu Dhabi Airports has been closely monitoring passenger growth at the Abu Dhabi International Airport and implementing development plans that will cater for the increase in traffic. The upgrade to the baggage handling system is another key initiative being completed to ensure efficient flight operations and convenient passenger experience. Abu Dhabi Airports is working closely with Siemens to make sure that normal airport operations continue to run as smoothly as usual with minimal disruption to people traveling. This project is scheduled for completion in early 2016.”

Siemens has successfully completed several projects at Abu Dhabi International Airport including the delivery of a new transfer baggage facility in Terminal 3 and installation of baggage handling system for the first US pre-clearance terminal in the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing airport hubs in the world, currently serving over 103 destinations in 56 countries, and in 2014 over 20 million passengers used AUH as their origin, destination or transit point for international or domestic flights. An anticipated 30 million passengers are expected to use the airport in 2017.

Source: Emirates news agency

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