Vanderlande has designed and delivered a state-of-the-art individual carrier system (ICS) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as part of a wider design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) contract. The first phase of the ICS project was handed over to the airport in January and the baggage handling system (BHS) officially went live on 24 May.
The Vanderlande ICS that includes approximately 7 miles of conveyor was built for the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal – a new 15-gate facility at LAX that extends the world-famous Tom Bradley terminal. The carrier-based system enables a smooth and high-speed baggage process, facilitating a reliable operation, and create a high throughput. The overall capacity of the BHS is 6,400 bags per hour.
The ICS has two flight make-up locations that are complemented by two Vanderlande EBS (Early Bag Store) with Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems – which allow passengers to check in bags earlier than ever before. This is Vanderlande’s first ICS system with an EBS installation in the United States. Similar systems are scheduled to follow at other airports in the near future. The combined capacity of both EBS systems is 3,100 bags.
As part of the DBOM contract, Vanderlande already took on O&M responsibility for the existing Tom Bradley BHS in 2017 ensuring a seamless introduction of the additional system. The company is also currently working on the Delta T2/T3 project at LAX, for which it will deliver a separate BHS.
These projects demonstrate Vanderlande’s commitment to supporting LAX achieve its strategic growth and capital expansion program and to the North American Airports and Airline community. Los Angeles will be hosting the 2028 Olympics, as well as being one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
“LAX is delivering world-class facilities as we continue our industry-leading $14.5 billion modernization, and the addition of highly advanced baggage handling systems will increase efficiency and reliability for our guests,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports. “We are proud of our partnership with Vanderlande as we provide travelers in Los Angeles with the most technologically sophisticated baggage systems in the United States today.”
Vanderlande North Americas President of Airport & Parcel Solutions Nick Porter adds: “The city of Los Angeles has an incredibly exciting decade ahead of it, we are proud to have been able to play a part in supporting LAX’s plans for the future. A transformational project like this is more than implementing the latest technologies, it’s about teamwork. We’ve worked hard with all stakeholders and other suppliers to provide real value to LAX.
Vanderlande believes in global expertise delivered locally. Using our global experience and expertise to deliver this project in the midst of COVID-19 has required extraordinary efforts within our whole organization. I would like to express my gratitude and congratulations to all the team members involved for making this great project a reality.”