Istanbul New Airport’s 42km ‘Baggage System’ ready for opening

Istanbul New Airport, the world’s biggest airport build from scratch, has finalised its baggage handling system. The baggage system with a length of 42km is ready for opening, following the setup of the final conveyor. The system will be able to handle a total of 30,000 baggage items per hour. The baggage system has been specially produced for the new airport.

Yusuf Akçayoğlu, the CEO of İGA Airport Construction, said the baggage system will play a crucial role at the airport: “The baggage system is critical for Istanbul New Airport, which will be serving 200 million passengers a year along with flight services to more than 350 destinations, when all phases are completed. It will ensure an uninterrupted passenger experience by bringing down the waiting period for the baggage items to a minimum level.

“To establish the system with its 42 kilometers, we used 3,300 tons of steel and laid 650-kilometer-long cables. Smart devices operating with 170 special microprocessors will make sorting and stocking of the baggage. We will be able to handle 30,000 baggage items per hour. Furthermore, the terminal building is equipped with 13 check-in islands and 468 points where passengers can hand in and check in their luggage.”

Akçayoğlu, talking about their functionality-based approach to meet the needs of passengers in the context of Istanbul new Airport project, said: “Thanks to our baggage system, we will outperform many airports around the world. For example: Our baggage storing capacity is 10,800 baggage items which means that passengers who arrive at the airport early will be able to hand in their luggage whenever they wish.

“Moreover, in case of a delay, we will not have any problems with space to store the baggage. The Baggage items will be put away to shelves from 48 early baggage-storing robots. The system also includes 28 (10 domestic, 18 international) incoming passenger baggage receiver carousels. Eight of these carousels have the capacity to sort out wide-body aircrafts (F and E series). We also have 48 baggage sorting carousels which will help to sort out outgoing baggage based on flights.”

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