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Abu Dhabi Int'l upgrades baggage handling systems

Improvement works in Terminals 1 and 3 are part of plan to enhance airport facilities ahead of Midfield Terminal Building completion

Abu Dhabi Int'l upgrades baggage handling systems

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the completion of the installation and renovation of Baggage Handling Systems at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

The work was carried out by Abu Dhabi Airports’ subcontractor Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions.

The state-of-the-art baggage handling systems use highly innovative technology that guarantees smooth baggage flow and helps to deliver an enhanced passenger experience, the airport operator said in a statement.

The existing systems in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 have been expanded to include five new incline carousels, new conveyor connections and the respective control system adaptations.

The high-speed systems will have a throughput capacity of more than 4,800 items of baggage per hour, the statement added.

The expansion and refurbishment is part of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) that has been implemented to manage the increasing growth in passenger numbers ahead of the completion of the Midfield Terminal Building.

The airport has consistently achieved year on year double digit growth in passenger numbers for the last decade. This growth will only continue, with current passenger numbers likely to increase by more than 20 percent by 2017.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Streamlining processes by adopting the latest technological solutions is essential for the efficient operation of our airport against this backdrop of growth.

"These efforts exemplify our commitment towards delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction and offering a world class travel experience.”   

During the first quarter of 2015, passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 21 percent with a total of 5,521,110 passengers passing through the airport.

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