MIA assesses business continuity plans ahead of Baggage Handling System upgrade
In anticipation of its Baggage Handling System (BHS) upgrade, works on which have commenced, Malta international Airport is conducting a series of exercises to ensure a seamless transition period, while also testing its preparedness in the event of baggage processing malfunctions.
Malta International Airport would like to advise passengers that a full simulation exercise will be carried out on Monday 20th November between 16:00 and 18:00, with the airport operating a manual baggage feed at this time.
While there is only a slim possibility of complete baggage processing malfunctions, Malta International Airport is conducting preparedness exercises, aimed at testing the robustness of the company’s business continuity plan. These ensure that the airport team, stakeholders operating at the terminal, and back-up infrastructure are fully equipped to handle such a situation in a way that causes minimal inconvenience to passengers.
The investment in a new state-of-the-art Baggage Handling System, supplied by industry leaders Daifuku Logan, will also be laying the groundwork for full compliance with the European Civil Aviation Conference’s (ECAC) provision stipulating that by 2020 every European airport must possess a hold baggage screening capability that combines x-ray and Computed Topography (CT) technology.
The new Baggage Handling System will pave the way for the forthcoming installation of eight new check-in desks which will increase the airport’s throughput and efficiency. This infrastructure project will also allow Malta International Airport to continue adding capacity in future expansion plans.
The BHS upgrade forms part of Malta International Airport’s Terminal Reconfiguration Project through which the company has invested €12 million in infrastructural improvements with the aim of further enhancing its guests’ airport experience.