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London Stansted marks progress of £59m baggage system upgrade

London Stansted Airport has said that one of the most complex and important factors of its multi-million-pound Stansted Transformation Project – which has hit its two-year milestone – is progressing at pace behind the scenes.

The airport has invested £59m in a brand-new baggage delivery system to update its huge network of conveyor belts, lifts and chutes underneath the main terminal which transports up to 30,000 bags every day. The work coincides with the installation of new hi-tech ‘Standard 3’ baggage scanners, which are required under new EU regulations.

John Farrow, Change Director for the Stansted Transformation Project, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to reach the first major milestone in the hold baggage system project. While passengers simply hand their baggage in at check-in for their journey, below the terminal is a highly automated and complex system that seamlessly and safely ensures the right bag reaches the right flight.

“Over the next couple of years, the whole landscape of the baggage hall will change as we remodel the layout with the new fast-track system which will span the full length of the terminal. The new system will future proof the airport for years to come giving us flexibility to allow us to accommodate new airlines and prepare us for the next phase of our terminal redevelopment work.”