A special report from Siemens about its baggage handling contract at Guangzhou Baiyun and Saudi Arabian success for Lagardère Travel Retail.
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Guangzhou Baiyun and Incheon are the latest Asia-Pacific hubs to select Siemens to install innovative baggage handling systems.
Siemens’ tray technology is in great demand at large transfer hubs across the world, and the Asia-Pacific region is no exception as ongoing projects in China and South Korea testify.
In South Korea, Siemens is currently implementing a 40-kilometre long baggage handling system for the new terminal under construction at Incheon International Airport.
And in China the company is tasked with the development of a flexible and energy-efficient baggage handling system (BHS) solution for the new Terminal 2 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
In Guangzhou, Siemens’ solution combines tray technology and conveyor belts with intelligent software applications to control the system.
Set to open in 2018, the new 500,000sqm terminal in Guangzhou is a vital new addition to the airport’s infrastructure and could ultimately be capable of handling up to 45 million passengers per annum.
The terminal will be used for both domestic and international flights and is expected to take service standards at the gateway to a new level, with the state-of-art BHS from Siemens making a decisive contribution.
Guangdong Airport Group’s baggage handling manager, Xu Jian Fu, says: “Siemens has completely convinced us with a system design tailored to our requirements.
“We have confidence in Siemens for its extensive tray system experience in the worldwide airport market and for its competent local team that will support us on site throughout all phases of the project execution.”
The baggage handling system will be the first in China to have the main sorting functions 100% covered by tray technology.
Siemens is also implementing an innovative early bag store comprising two high-bay warehouses capable of holding up to 4,000 items of luggage. Its huge size will make it the biggest early bag store in China.
According to Siemens, the BHS’s Lift&Run system is more flexible and efficient than comparable systems because lifts perform the vertical movements while shuttles perform the horizontal movements.
An extra 2,000 early bag storage spaces could be added with the future expansion of two additional high-bay warehouses. If it gets to this size it will be comparable with the Siemens-built early baggage store already in operation at Dubai International Airport.
Saudi success for Lagardère Travel Retail
Lagardère Travel Retail is celebrating two significant contract wins – the concession to operate 1,834sqm of commercial space at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and the duty tender at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport.
The five-year contract in Dammam – won with consortium partners Saudi Airlines Catering Company (SACC) and Arabian Ground Handling Logistic Company – will lead to the opening of two Aelia Duty Free stores in 2017.
The 1,337sqm and 479sqm stores are expected to offer perfumes, confectionery, foodstuff, electronics, fashion and luxury, watches and sunglasses, toys, local products and souvenirs.
Dag Rasmussen, chairman and CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail, says: “This award is a mark of confidence from Dammam King Fahd International Airport and a proof of the success of our development strategy in the Middle-East.
“It is also a great illustration of the professionalism of our partners, who took a very active part in this achievement.”
While in Riyadh, Lagardère Travel Retail and the same consortium partners have been awarded the concession to operate 2,040sqm of duty free space in terminals 1 and 2 at King Khaled International Airport.
The contract is for two 1,020sqm outlets offering perfumes and cosmetics, fashion and accessories, gold and diamonds, tobacco, confectionary, foodstuff and toiletries, electronics, and toys and souvenirs.
Talking about the contract, Abdulaziz Aboharba, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company, says: “We are looking forward to the new shops opening which will provide us with a combination of international standards together with the cultures of Saudi Arabia.”
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Contacts: Chris Hitching, vice president, Asia Pacific or George Masrua, vice president, Middle East/North Africa/South Asia
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