Australia’s Newcastle Airport has appointed Alstef Group to upgrade the baggage handling system (BHS) in its  international terminal with an expanded outbound system and an upgraded arrivals area as part of its 2036 Newcastle Airport Vision.

Alstef installed the airport’s original system in 2004 and will now upgrade the existing system by expanding the capacity and replacing the existing sortation conveyors with its high-speed plough diverters. The arrivals system will feature three new feedlines and two new carousels located in an expanded building. Final completion of the upgrade is scheduled for Q4 2024.

Philippe Hamon, Airports Sales Director said: “We will take a phased installation approach to mitigate impacts on ongoing operations, and the end result will improve the airport’s overall capacity, efficiency and passenger experience.”

A significant investment for Australia’s New South Wales region, the upgrade will transform the airport and its passenger experience. Josh Fullerton, Senior Project Manager for Newcastle Airport added: “Alstef’s existing performance and customer service at Newcastle Airport, and extensive international experience modernising baggage handling systems in operational environments strongly aligns with the terminal expansion’s goal of providing world-class technology and the airport the region deserves.”

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