King Shaka International Airport, Durban, South Africa - Alstef Group

King Shaka International Airport

New terminal checked baggage screening system to handle more than 3,000 bags/hour and 7.5 million passengers a year

About this Project

  • Location: Durban, South Africa
  • New Airport: awarded in 2008 – completed 2010
    Glidepath – BHS Contractor



The baggage handling system is comprised of more than 2400 meters of multi‐level conveyors. The conveyors transfer baggage from the terminal check‐in on the first floor, down to the main screening area which is suspended on a mezzanine platform, then down to the flight make‐up area on the ground floor.


The baggage system incorporates 72 check-ins, five explosive detection machines, 11 automatic tag readers and 30 sort points.

Glidepath designed and commissioned the entire control system which includes dual redundant sortation, computers handling airline baggage messages and flight information and producing baggage processed messages for all bags processed through the system.