Five-year contract for Carrollton at Pensacola International Airport (PNS), FL
10 November 2017
Carrollton, TX-based Daifuku Elite Line Services (ELS) has announced the award and commencement of operation and maintenance (O&M) services for the in-line baggage handling system (BHS) and passenger boarding bridges (PBB) located at Pensacola International Airport (PNS), FL. The five-year contract includes responsibility for the operational availability of some 1,436 ft of conveyor belting that comprises nine piers, 29 power turns, and 11 high-speed diverters. ELS has also been entrusted with planned maintenance inspections for the airport’s 10 PBBs. Ian Charters, COO of ELS, commented: “The decision reflects the airport’s demand for improved service and value. ELS sees this as further evidence that the quality and consistency of its maintenance programmes are leading the industry in meeting the high service requirements expected by today’s airport managers.” Meanwhile, Daifuku Airport Technologies’ (ATec) new Mobile Inspection Table (MIT) system has become operational at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), OH. The new in-line baggage screening system consists of 31 MITs, which offer a customised solution for optimal flexibility and are said to be a quiet and scalable approach to the checked bag reconciliation area. The MITs deliver bags directly to TSA agents and eliminate lifting, twisting or turning. CLE’s airport director, Robert Kennedy, said: “Under the current system, passengers had to take their luggage to a separate TSA baggage screening drop-off location. With completion of the new south end system, passengers no longer need to take baggage to a second location. This project is a big win for our airport guests as it streamlines the baggage check-in process. We are effectively going back to the more efficient way passengers handed off their baggage to airline personnel in the past.” After being searched while on the MIT’s stainless-steel surface, the bags are routed automatically back to the appropriate conveyor system.