Oslo Airport is the second busiest airport in the Nordic region and aspiring to be among the top ten in Europe. However, due to anticipated growth, it had to consider its strategy surrounding future expansion. This was to help it accommodate 28 million passengers annually (potentially 35 million), culminating with the Terminal 2 (T2) development.
A growing demand
Oslo Airport had to define a baggage handling system (BHS) that could increase capacity and offer built-in redundancy. Oslo continually looks to the most innovative technology to overcome its challenges, stretching back to 1994 when it first partnered with Vanderlande.
The partnership continued into 1998 with the establishment of an O&M contract, and the extension of several systems. In 2007, Oslo handled 19 million passengers, which necessitated further modernisation to the system.
Oslo took a different approach with the T2 project. The design of the new terminal was altered in close cooperation with Vanderlande and the airport’s team of architects. This resulted in a system that was a more seamless fit and maximised the existing space.
Turning requirements into solutions
Vanderlande proposed an integrated solution comprising hardware, software and life-cycle services, completed in two phases. T2 also includes an extension to Terminal 1 (T1), which now connects both terminals.
To ensure that Oslo benefitted from a ‘pull’ system, Vanderlande installed BAGSTORE, with 1,500 storage locations. HELIXORTER tilt-tray sorters and TUBTRAX were also introduced. In addition, Oslo Airport utilises a dedicated out-of-gauge system.
VIBES software facilitates seamless planning, execution, monitoring and analysis. Alongside the hardware and software, Oslo Airport requested a three-year O&M contract from Vanderlande.
Future-proof, flexible and adaptable
The solution has delivered a number of benefits to Oslo. Phase 1 of the T2 project has increased capacity from 21 to 28 million passengers and will rise to over 35 million a year. One of the key advantages is the in-built redundancy of the new system.
Oslo will also have access to a future-proof, flexible and adaptable solution that gives its passengers a world-class experience. Offering predictable handling of baggage at the lowest total cost, it provides the flexibility to expand and modify the design.
A true partnership
The T2 project has continued Vanderlande’s long-standing partnership with Oslo Airport. “For me, Vanderlande is absolutely a reliable partner,” says Oslo Airport’s Terminal Operations Director Thorgeir Landevaag. “This can be seen in the way they satisfy our needs, offering solutions to meet our challenges.”
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