Kunming airport opens to 18 million passengers a year
Kunming International Airport opened its brand new airport facility to the first of some 18 million passengers a year on 28th June 2012, without a single baggage handling incident.
China’s fourth largest airport enlisted the services of Daifuku Group member Logan KSEC to install its €30 million baggage handling system. Following a series of stringent testing, the system performed perfectly on the airport’s opening day.
The system features Logan’s tilt-tray sorter and spans the length of more than 13 km to sort, x-ray and make up bags feeding from over 150 check-in desks. Main features of the project include two large Logan Teleflex Tilt Tray Sorters, measuring a total length of over 580 metres; 11 make-up carousels and 15 arrivals carousels. The system is managed using BagStage software and has a 26 PLC-based control system.
“There’s no doubt the project was a major undertaking,” says Dave Reynolds, Sales Director at Logan Teleflex. “Kunming International moved from one airport to a completely new airport infrastructure of terminal building, roads, car parks, runways and ATC tower etc. literally overnight! It worked on the opening day as if someone had flicked a switch from ‘off’ to ‘on’ and without any of the issues and difficulties you would expect from a project of this scale.”
Rather than undergo a gradual transference, Kunming chose to carry out the whole process overnight, making the glitch free opening even more impressive.