• Aena, the world's leading airport operator by number of passengers, has chosen Leonardo to upgrade the baggage handling systems at 10 Spanish airports;
• Leonardo won all three lots in Aena’s recent public tender for a combined value of around 35 million euros. The award reinforces Leonardo’s position as one of the main European companies in the automation sector.
The company was awarded all three lots covering airports across mainland Spain and the Canary Islands: La Palma, Santiago-Rosalía de Castro, Valencia, Asturias, Bilbao, Jerez, Reus, Lanzarote, Internacional Región de Murcia and Sevilla, with the combined contracts worth in excess of 35 million euros. Leonardo will deliver the upgrades in consortium with the Spanish construction company Cemosa.
The tenders were issued by state-owned Spanish airport operator Aena (aena.es), which manages 46 airports and two heliports in Spain and has shares in 23 additional airports in Europe and the Americas. Aena is the world's number one operator in this sector in terms of passenger traffic, with over 275 million travellers passing through Spanish airports in 2019.
The project includes the replacement of baggage transport components, electromechanical, control, supervision and management equipment for baggage sorting. Baggage handling systems will also be equipped with European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3-approved security technology, including X-ray and Computed Tomography (CT) scanners. Leonardo’s partner Cemosa will take responsibility for civil works and updates to auxiliary systems.
The 10 airports will be upgraded simultaneously and work will last for less than two years. Leonardo is guaranteeing the continued operation of baggage management services throughout the duration of the upgrade work and has carried out complex planning and coordination activities with its supply chain to ensure continuity.
The selection of Leonardo reinforces the company’s position as a market leader in baggage handling, having worked on European airports including Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa and Bergamo, Zurich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris Orly as well as airports in the Middle East and Asia Pacific including Kuwait International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.
Leonardo (leonardocompany.com), a global high-technology company, is one of the world’s major players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organised into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries such as Leonardo DRS (defence electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space). Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2020 Leonardo reported consolidated revenues of €13.4 billion and invested €1.6 billion in Research and Development. The company has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) since 2010 and has been confirmed as an industry leader in the Aerospace & Defence sector for the second year in a row in 2020.