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GOTHENBURG GOES EASE-Y: TOM ALLETT EXPLAINS HOW GOTHENBURG'S LANDVETTER AIRPORT HAS ENHANCED ITS BAGGAGE HANDLING CAPABILITIES.

Gothenburg's Landvetter Airport (IATA: GOT) lies on Sweden's west coast and serves the country's second largest city. One of ten airports managed by Swedavia, its passenger numbers, international and domestic, are steadily increasing. More than 6.8 million people travelled through GOT last year and its recent success led Swedavia to launch the largest development programme in the airport's history.

Known as the Terminal Expansion North project, it runs from 2016 to 2025 and represents an investment of [euro]300m.The centrepiece will be a larger terminal with three contact gates and four remote parking / bussing stands. A bigger baggage area is also being built in its basement which incorporates two new X-ray screening machines. Before the work began Landvetter's baggage facility had 39 sorting chutes, a figure considered insufficient for the number of items the system had to handle. On average, airlines were requesting the use of three-to-five sorting chutes per aircraft, but the airport could usually offer only one or two. This triggered Swedavia's decision to install extra sorting chutes and step closer to meeting the airlines' needs.

Approximately 17,200sq ft (1,600[m.sup.2]) of space was required to expand the facility. During the study process the three ground service providers, Aviator, Menzies and SAS Ground Handling, were invited to give their opinion about equipment selection, the workplace's design and choose a technical aid that would reduce the strain of lifting heavy bags.

The lifting aid chosen was Vanderlande's, Stack@Ease, which can be used with single or double laterals and any type of chute. It matched Landvetter's laterals and its method of loading large containers. Vacuum lifting equipment from the Swedish firm PIAB was introduced at the chutes, enabling luggage items to be lifted directly into trollies or containers.

The northern part of the new baggage sorting area officially entered service on March 19. By mid-April, 12 extended baggage sorting chutes and two laterals with enough space for three containers had been installed. This means Gothenburg now has 51 chutes, all of which are large enough to accommodate sorting containers, thereby enabling several types of luggage to be handled simultaneously, and at a suitably high rate.

The airport said the increased efficiency delivered by the expansion work is particularly noticeable with how the laterals work. Instead of shunting the containers along, the sorting can be adjusted to the containers' position in the line. More importantly, the airport's baggage punctuality has improved, and the ground handling companies' staff now have a better working environment.

At the opening ceremony, Niclas Elfvenstam, Menzies' airside manager and deputy station manager, said: "We're very proud to be at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, alongside the airport authority and ground handling peers."

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Title Annotation:SCANDINAVIA GOTHENBURG
Author:Allett, Tom
Publication:Airports International
Date:Jul 1, 2019
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