Vanderlande has signed a contract to implement an innovative new solution for baggage handling at Lelystad Airport (a member of the Schiphol Group). The system at the airport will utilise automated guided vehicle technology (AGV), which replaces the need for conveyors and sorting systems. It also includes a new self-bag drop solution, as well as optimising the travel experience for passengers.
The announcement comes at an important time in the history of Lelystad Airport, which is located near Amsterdam. Due to the ongoing expansion of Schiphol Airport, Lelystad is required to undergo a phased upgrade in order to provide additional capacity and enhance its commercial activities, which must be completed by 2019.
The new solution from Vanderlande will provide high levels of flexibility and allow Lelystad to change seamlessly in the future to match its business requirements. Scalability is also possible by implementing additional vehicles. In this way, the system has been designed to grow alongside the airport without impacting on operations or necessitating any immediate building expansion.
In addition, the solution will guarantee shorter project lead times and consume up to 50% less energy compared to traditional baggage handling systems. The design also means that the vehicles can be easily recycled, contributing to a circular economy. Once completed, the project will ensure an industry-leading experience for both passengers and airlines.