Context and challenges

Faced with the worldwide increase in air traffic and the saturation of its facilities, the Emirate of Dubai plans to expand its Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) and make it the largest hub in the world, with a capacity of 200 million passengers per year (120 million in initial phase).

The client, a major player in the airport sector, was responsible for the scheduling and contracting for the baggage system as part of the project.

The client called on Assystem to deliver contracting support for the Baggage Handling System (BHS).

Project scope

Draft a comprehensive technical report (preliminary design), to present different solutions for baggage handling systems:

  • Several integrated technical solutions were presented and compared, with detailed information about the intended technologies and their implementation based on functional requirements: baggage flow requirements, volumes allocated for implementing the BHS, reliability and availability goals.
  • Architectural proposals were also put forward for baggage supervision and flow. The surface and volume of the different integrated solutions were compared, as well the system performance levels.


Model layout proposed for optimised baggage sorting in terms of:

  • Quantity of handling equipment
  • Number of vehicles
  • Surface area and volume, depending on location of BHS
  • Baggage travel distance

in figures

  • 200
    million passengers over the long term
  • 2.5
    FTE/year over 2 years

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