Heathrow picks Vanderlande as its strategic baggage partner in 10-year deal

Vanderlande has been formally selected as Heathrow Airport’s strategic baggage partner for the next ten years. The company said the recently signed ‘pan-airport’ agreement, will encompass the design, building, operation and maintenance programmes across the Terminals, as well as the baggage control room.

The partnership will see both organisations further develop an integrated approach, which will build on their existing relationship. Vanderlande has already been on site at Heathrow for approximately two decades since the start of the Terminal 5 project. It has also been involved in several other major developments, including the Post Terminal 5 Transfer Baggage System cross-campus tunnel, the Terminal 3 Integrated Baggage project, the Western Baggage high-level controls upgrade and the baggage IT service package.

Helen Elsby, finance director – procurement, Heathrow Airport Ltd, commented: “Planning for the long term has always been a priority for the aviation industry. Our sector is currently grappling with the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19, but aviation will play a key role in helping economies across the world rebuild once we enter the recovery phase. Heathrow is taking steps now to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to support Britain’s growth when the time comes and we’re delighted to work with Vanderlande once more to deliver one of the most innovative and resilient baggage systems in the world, as we continue to deliver a world-class passenger experience.”

Andrew Manship, Vanderlande’s executive vice president airports, added: “We are extremely proud to have been selected as the airport’s preferred strategic partner. It provides us with an exciting opportunity to deliver against future challenges such as growth, as well as the airport’s continuing expansion. We are looking forward to cooperating with Heathrow in order to reduce its costs, improve performance and offer long-term value and support.”