The Airport Authority has marked a key milestone in its $1.8-billion, 10-year gateway strategy with the recent signing of a deal with Vanderlande Industries to design and build an entirely new baggage handling system that will speed up connection times for bags – and passengers – in transit. Vanderlande Industries
is one of the world’s leading suppliers of handling systems for the transportation, parcel and postal markets. For nearly 10 years, the company has been working with the Airport Authority on baggage handling infrastructure.
Once complete, YVR’s baggage infrastructure will feature TUBTRAX®, a high-speed conveying system that uses tubs to transport baggage more quickly and reliably through the system. Vanderlande Industries will also introduce a new baggage-sorting technology, which will integrate seamlessly with YVR’s systems and easily accommodate future passenger growth. This phased project will break ground this month and is expected to complete by early 2016.
The baggage handling system upgrade is one of several key projects designed to keep YVR competitive and the gateway of choice for airlines and travellers – particularly for the fast-growing Asian market. Also underway are upgrades to the original portions of the 1968 Domestic Terminal and runway safety enhancements. Look for project updates on this and other gateway projects in upcoming editions of YVR Air Mail.