Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has awarded Siemens Dematic 350 million Euros to build an automated cargo handling system and an automated baggage handling system (BHS) at Dubai International Airport.
‘The Department of Civil Aviation is committed to building an airport which will not only be among the top airports in the world but will be known as the 21st century airport hub,’ commented Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, DCA President and Chairman of the Emirates Group.
Sheikh Ahmed added: ‘It is our aim to remain ahead of the demand. We have begun our $ 4.1 billion expansion program and Terminal 3 and the Cargo Mega Terminal are major components of the expansion.’
When completed in 2007, the multi-storey Dubai Cargo Mega Terminal will be capable of handling 1.2 million tonnes per annum in cargo throughput. Currently, Dubai Cargo handles up to 675,000 tonnes per annum.
The new baggage handling system is to be located within the new facilities for Terminal 3 and will reportedly reduce the minimum connecting time (MCT) for passengers to 45 minutes while ensuring safe transfer of their baggage. Both systems will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
After completion in 2008 the Dubai International Airport is expected to handle 46 million passengers per year. Peak hour traffic is 13,500 passengers per hour.