Basel Mulhouse Airport - Switzerland/France - Alstef Group


ALSTEF installed the first cross-belt sorter in France for a baggage sorting application at Besel-Mulhouse Airport.

About this Project

  • Location: France
  • Year: 2014
  • Completion: 2016



Basel Mulhouse cross belt sorter

The award of this project was evaluated using performance-based criteria, which allowed for the selection of the best solution, adapted to meet the technical and financial criteria of the client. This resulted in ALSTEF being contracted for the development of the baggage sorting system at Basel-Mulhouse Airport.

For the ten years prior to the award, traffic at EuroAirport (Basel-Mulhouse Airport) had continually increased, with the introduction of an EasyJet base and the contribution of a large number of airlines.

EuroAirport set up a major investment plan to increase its capacity and the capabilities of its baggage sorting system, adding two building extensions to double the space allocated to sorting and loading of departure bags in containers/trolleys.


The baggage sorting system installed by ALSTEF includes, in addition to the modification of the existing system, the integration of a high-speed  Cross-Belt automatic sorter. This system sorts bags to 34 chutes, according to destination, class (eco, business), and status (destination flight, correspondence), with accurate unloading, and very high reliability and redundancy.

This Cross Belt sorter was the first one installed in France for a baggage sorting application, once again demonstrating ALSTEF’s ability to propose innovative solutions that answer the expectations of airports.

The complete system is controlled by the PLC, supervision, and IT solutions developed by ALSTEF, and ALSTEF BAGWARE software, ensuring bags are sorted to the correct chutes according to their identity and their flight status.

To prevent any operational interruption due to the automation of the baggage sorting system, the construction of the building extensions, the disassembly of the existing equipment, and the implementation of the new equipment were completed in different phases.