As London Stansted marks two years since the start of its multi-million-pound transformation project, one of its most complex and important projects is progressing at pace behind the scenes. Stansted is investing £59 million in a brand-new baggage system, updating the huge network of conveyor belts, lifts and chutes underneath the main terminal which transports up to 30,000 bags every day.
The work is designed to coincide with the improvements to the airport’s check-in areas as part of the on-going transformation project, and the installation of new hi-tech ‘Standard 3’ baggage scanners which are required under new EU regulations.
The first phase of the project involved carefully constructing new chutes and track in and around the current layout of conveyer belts so the airport could remain fully operational and continue to process the thousands of bags it handles every day.
When the automated system is fully installed in two years’ time, special baggage carts will speed luggage around the network at 18 kilometres per hour. It will take about six minutes for each bag to travel from check-in to being ready to load onto an aircraft.
The new system has been designed and is being installed by airport baggage system specialists BEUMER Group.
Since the start of Stansted’s multi-million-pound transformation project in 2017, the airport has made a whole host of improvements to the airport, these include:
- The opening of our new multi-storey car-park offering 2,700 spaces
- The completion of new shoreline check-in area, with 28 new desks
- The construction of a new extension to the terminal to house new security lanes which will help us trial the latest scanning technology
- The construction of eight new aircraft stands on the airfield, allowing us to accommodate more aircraft on the ground
- The start of enabling works ahead of the construction of a new arrivals terminal