Macau International Airport

Macau International Airport (Macau, China)

Located on the Pearl River Delta, Macau Airport has rapidly grown into an important hub for the transport of passengers and international cargo since it commenced operation in November 1995.

Designed under the CAT standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), it covers a total area of 192 hectares (474 acres) and is capable of handling Boeing 747s. The terminal and parking apron are situated on Taipa Island and the 3,360-meter-long (3,675 yards) runway is built on a strip of land reclaimed from the sea, connected to Taipa by two bridges. It is well-equipped, with capacity to handle over 6,000,000 passengers and 160,000 tons of cargo annually. Currently there are scheduled flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Gaoxiong and some inland Chinese cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, Haikou, Xiamen amongst others.

Daifuku BCS developed technology to upgrade the existing baggage handling system to include four complete inline Hold Bag Screening systems, friction drive incline carousels, over-size x-ray units and Daifuku BCS smart automation and software controls platform, using Airflow and Sym3 sortation and controls to ensure bags are screened and delivered to the correct flight.


The Daifuku BCS conveyor system is divided into 2 sections; North & South. Two sub-systems are located in the North section, and two in the South section. 60 check in and 4 collector conveyors were refurbished, old conveyors removed and new conveyors installed in the make-up area. To upgrade the security screening, 4 x-rays were installed as part of the inline screening. Distributed control system was incorporated into the design and low level controls were installed on site.

As it was a brownfield project, Daifuku BCS took extra measures not to impact operations and a detailed site survey was conducted. Daifuku BCS further consulted with CAM and other key stakeholders to obtain detailed requirements analysis and presented a detailed implementation and integration plan to CAM for approval before proceeding. There was full time on-site personnel to implement changes to the plan as required. Daifuku BCS have extensive experience ‘cutting-in’ into live airport operations.

In a previous distribution center, storage operations were performed by floor handling equipment, and sorting/picking operations were done manually. This situation caused increased shipping errors and frequent delivery delays. Additionally, the product volume increased as retailers and convenience stores expanded their business due to changes in consumer buying patterns.


The following graphs provides an indication of the Macau International Airports current ability to process peak numbers of passengers as they arrive and that a smaller number than this will result in queuing occurring prior to check-in.

This analysis indicates the screening system peaks using the 2017 flight schedules.