Airport / 26 August 2016

Reducing mishandled baggage for compliance and cost savings

I was encouraged to see that SITA’s 2016 Baggage Report provides evidence that the industry is making great progress in further reducing the number of mishandled bags. Compared to 2014, the amount of mis-routed baggage fell by 10.5% in 2015 to reach an all-time low of 6.5 bags per 1000 passengers.

This comes at a time when the airline industry is making concrete plans for the implementation of IATA Resolution 753 which comes into effect in June 2018. You may have seen our previous posts and our recent whitepaper explaining how the Resolution aims to reduce the number of mishandled bags and how investing in a new baggage handling system could become a priority for airlines, working in close co-operation with airport operators and ground handlers.

In my opinion, part of IATA's Resolution 753 could have been written by BEUMER Group because it supports our approach to baggage handling. Our Crisbag® tote system delivers 100% track and trace and when the bags are in the tote we can fully track and record the movements of all of them. We are confident that the platform, controls and mechanical solution we have in our CrisBag tote system will help airports to meet the June 2018 deadline for complying with IATA Resolution 753.

So on the basis of the latest SITA findings, things seem to be moving in the right direction for compliance with Resolution 753. But there is another key benefit to reducing mishandled baggage and that’s the potential cost savings the aviation industry can realise. The SITA Report also gives testament to this, with the bag mishandling cost per passenger showing a drop of 9.7% between 2014 and 2015, another record low level.

If you’d like to read the full report, go to the SITA website or keep an eye on our blog for further updates on IATA Resolution 753.

About the Author

Klaus Schäfer
Klaus Schäfer

Klaus Schäfer is Managing Director of Crisplant. He has held positions within the automation industry for almost three decades, including sales, engineering, project management and development of baggage, cargo and other material handling systems. In this blog, Schäfer looks at some of the current topics of the airport world and how the baggage handling business can contribute to developing the airport industry.

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