As work progresses apace on Istanbul New Airport ahead of a planned opening late next year, the baggage system specially produced for the new facility has been installed. The assembly was completed in a record 24 months, the first time such a large system has been set up in such a short time period. It will be able to handle 30,000 pieces of luggage per hour.
Yusuf Akçayoğlu, the CEO of İGA Airport Construction, commented: “The baggage system is critical for Istanbul New Airport, which will be serving 200m 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 650km [404 miles] of cables. Smart devices operating with 170 special microprocessors will make sorting and stocking of the baggage. 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 added: “Thanks to our baggage system, we will outperform many airports around the world. For example, our baggage storing capacity is 10,800 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 – they will be put onto shelves by 48 early baggage-storing robots. The system also includes 28 – 10 domestic and 18 international – inbound receiver carousels. Eight of these have the capacity to support wide-body aircraft (code F and E). We also have 48 outbound baggage carousels which will help transfer items flights.”
Photo: The baggage system at Istanbul New Airport has been completed. (IGA)