Zurich-Kloten Airport will put the new baggage sorting system into partial operation on November 6, 2023. The old one and its successor will be in operation in parallel for several months.
After the changeover was intensively prepared over several months, it is now ready for use in the company. To ensure that the transition phase goes as smoothly as possible, Flughafen Zürich AG has taken various measures. For example, during the changeover more staff will be deployed to monitor critical points on site. The new baggage sorting system was necessary because the old system has reached the end of its life cycle. With the new system, Zurich Airport is ensuring that baggage allocation will continue to work reliably in the future. In addition, there are new EU regulations for security checks on checked baggage. The new infrastructure at Zurich Airport, which costs around 400 million francs, will be in use for 20 to 25 years. It is equipped with the latest technology and has significantly better energy efficiency than its predecessor.
By the end of January 2024, baggage sorting will have been changed to such an extent that 100 percent of checked baggage at Zurich Airport will be checked in accordance with the new EU regulations. In autumn 2024, the old infrastructure in the connecting tunnel towards Dock E and the baggage sorting system in Dock E will be replaced. The complete replacement of the old system is expected to take until 2026. The final changes will be completed by 2027.
The baggage sorting system transports and sorts the baggage of all departing people and assigns it to the correct flight. In total, the new baggage sorting system covers around 25 kilometers of conveyor route. It is powered by 5500 motors and monitored by 5600 sensors. On average, around 30.000 pieces of luggage pass through the luggage sorting system at Zurich Airport every day.