SIEMENS Malaysia Sdn Bhd has been awarded a RM100 million contract to supply and install a high-speed baggage handling system at the KL International Airport (KLIA).
The project, awarded by the Transport Ministry, will extend baggage handling from the satellite terminal at KLIA to the Express Rail Link (ERL) platform at the main terminal of KLIA.
The project is due for completion in September 2007, after which KL Sentral can facilitate prompt and convenient baggage reclaim.
The baggage handling system will result in a more efficient and faster baggage handling for the convenience of passengers connecting direct to KL Sentral upon their arrival to KLIA, Siemens said in a statement.
Speed of baggage transfer is expected to increase by fivefold. The additional conveyor line will also increase the capacity of the ERL baggage handling at KLIA, it added.
"Passengers today, especially frequent and business travellers, want minimum connecting time. Siemens' new system allows for baggage transfer at an impressive speed of 36km per hour," president and chief executive officer of Siemens Malaysia Rainer Althoff said in the statement.
The present baggage handling system transfers passenger baggage at 7.2km per hour.
KLIA will be the fourth airport in Asia to be equipped with a baggage handling system from Siemens after Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul) and Beijing International Airport.
Similar systems have been installed by Siemens in Dubai, Frankfurt, Madrid and other major airports in the world.
In Malaysia, Siemens was also the system and solutions provider of the ERL linking KLIA to the city centre and the MASkargo Handling System at KLIA.