Daifuku to install its first Domestic Baggage Handling System at New Chitose Airport
by Joe O’Connor
Osaka, Japan—Daifuku Co., Ltd. will install a state-of-the-art baggage handling system (BHS) at the international passenger terminal of New Chitose Airport, which is operated by New Chitose Airport Terminal Building Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan), in line with the airport’s renewal plans to meet the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019. This installation marks Daifuku’s first domestic order for a BHS.
Through collaboration with its Group companies, along with installing BHS and related equipment to over 500 airports around the world, boasting the world’s top market share, the Daifuku Group also supplies airport operation and maintenance services.
New Chitose Airport’s installation will consist of a variety of conveyor types, the latest camera-based barcode scanners and advanced software for tracking and monitoring baggage during transport. Compared to the conventional system, the new installation will bring improved bag tag scanning accuracy and enable 3D real-time tracking of baggage, preventing instances of late or lost baggage, which is expected to reduce management costs and increase passenger satisfaction.
In recent years, economic growth of developing countries has led to a boom in the movement of people around the world, with global air passenger numbers, which reached 4.1 billion people in 2017, anticipated to reach 8.2 billion by 2037, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In response to this, there is expected to be increased demand for system renewals and expansions, along with investment in airport equipment and facilities that offer traveler-friendly experiences.
Within Japan, overseas tourist numbers (Japan National Tourism Organization) tripled over a five-year period, rising from 8.36 million in 2012 to 28.60 million in 2017, with this expected to further increase in the future.
Setting the installation to New Chitose Airport as a key example within the domestic market, Daifuku will continue to promote installations of state-of-the-art baggage handling system within Japanese airports.
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