Alstef Group has signed a €10m deal to supply, install and maintain a baggage handling system at Sofia, Bulgaria’s main international airport.

The updated baggage handling system (BHS) will offer both self-service and agent-assisted check-in. The new technical solution is 70% more efficient than the current one and is fully managed by Alstef Group’s BAGWARE software control solution.

Together with the replacement of the baggage system, the airport will also begin reconstruction of the check-in area in Terminal 2. In the coming months, the number of check-in counters will be doubled, and the units will be relocated to increase passenger comfort. With the commissioning of the new BHS, Terminal 2 will have a significantly higher passenger capacity.

The implementation of the system is in line with both the pace of traffic recovery and the airport’s development plans. This means that, following the redevelopment, Terminal 2 will be able to accommodate diverted traffic from the nearly 70-year-old Terminal 1.

“The baggage management system is key to how the airport operates. We’re buying a state-of-the-art technology solution that will make us faster and more efficient, and that will benefit our millions of passengers. The project is part of the airport’s overall transformation, in which we will have invested €76m by the end of 2025,” said Sofia Airport CEO Jesus Caballero.

The contract was signed by Jose Caballero and Alstef Group CEO Nicolas Breton.

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