Chandigarh Airport invited bids to install a third baggage handling facility
09 April 2018
Because of the constant struggle by airlines to deliver the baggage to passengers on time after landing, Chandigarh International Airport (IXC) in Punjab, India, has invited bids to install a third baggage handling facility at its domestic section. The airport’s domestic section currently has two conveyer belts to handle 30 flights each day, and with up to 10 back-to-back flights between 10 am and 12.30 pm, two conveyer belts are not able to handle the volume of baggage. The heads of two airlines operating out of IXC confirmed that there are times when the baggage from multiple airlines are put on the same conveyer belt, thereby increasing the risk of baggage swapping. IXC airport spokesperson, Deepesh Joshi, said: “As per international practice, the first baggage should appear on the conveyer belt within five minutes of deboarding. As the airport is expanding now, a third conveyer belt is required to cater for the rush of passengers.” Joshi dismissed the charge by some airlines that the expansion of the airport was slow. “We keep adding things as and when the requirement arises,” he said. The new facility, however, will take at least six months to be installed.