High-tech baggage system set to arrive at Sydney’s newest airport

The new scheme is expected to help position the airport as one of the most advanced in the world

According to Western Sydney International Airport, its new baggage handling system – set for completion in late 2026 – will enhance customer experience and make the city’s new facility one of the most advanced of its kind in the world.

Its cutting-edge ‘tote’ system is also set to drive efficiency for airlines. Due it is ‘batch-building’ capabilities, the technology will be able to group luggage together for an easier delivery to the airside baggage make-up area for loading onto aircraft quickly and easily.

Western Sydney Airport
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“Everyone knows baggage handling can be a real pain point at airports. Standing around, not knowing if and when your bag will arrive on the decades-old carousel is an anxious moment for any traveller,” said Simon Hickey, Western Sydney Airport CEO.

“Our system will be faster and far more reliable, with potential for bag pick up and automated storage and the ability to track your bag via an app to know exactly when it’s going to arrive at your pickup destination.”

Robotics will work alongside the new technology which will help to reduce the manual baggage burden on ground staff, further enhancing a safer work environment.

Vanderlande Industries’ baggage handling innovations are currently operational in 600 airports internationally.

The system will be integrated into the construction of the new passenger terminal, which is set to begin at the end of this year.