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Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport completes luggage carousel renovation

Baggage handling now more efficient ahead of post-COVID travel surge

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Renovations at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport include a new luggage handling control center. 

Renovations at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport include a new luggage handling control center.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport has completed the renovation of its luggage carousel system ahead of an expected surge in air travel following the COVID-19 pandemic, reports said Wednesday (April 13).

The country’s main gateway started upgrading its luggage transportation system at Terminal 1 in 2015 and began work in Terminal 2 in 2019, CNA reported. The project, which costs a total of NT$316 million (US$10.87 million), enables check-in desks to handle 25% more baggage, from 480 to 600 items per hour, according to airport officials.

Check-in areas have been reconfigured, and carousel areas have been lowered with spaces in between expanded to make it easier for airport police, ground personnel, and repair staff to do their work.

The central control room has been moved and equipped with large screens showing each stage of the luggage handling process, allowing for the quick identification and resolution of problems. The introduction of new, small triage vehicles at Terminal 1 has also improved the speed of baggage handling from 1,250 to 5,400 items per hour, according to Taiwan International Airport Corporation officials.