Current Initiatives

Baggage Handling System Upgrade

More travelers = more bags. This upgrade ensures reliability and efficiency as we grow

As air travel continues to rise, so do the number of suitcases, backpacking backpacks, duffel bags, skis, guitar cases, golf clubs, and maybe even an old-fashioned steamer trunk or two. It’s time to build a new system to meet current and future needs—safely, reliably, sustainably.

Checked bags take the road more frequently traveled

Over the course of a year,  about 38 million checked bags travel on 10 miles of conveyor belts on six independent baggage systems. In fact, on a peak day, the airport, TSA, and airlines work together to process more than 125,000 bags. So, it’s important to have a safe, reliable, efficient system to support getting luggage where it needs to go.

The baggage optimization project refurbishes older equipment, integrates energy-saving technologies, and significantly increases screening capacity for baggage volume. When complete, the project will replace six individual baggage screening systems with a centralized system. This all adds up to being able to accommodate 66 million annual passengers—and their bags.



Q3 2019
Phase I substantial completion
Q2 2022
Phase II substantial completion
Q1 2025
Phase III substantial completion
Project Fact 1
The current system has 10 miles of conveyor belt, 3,000 motors and six independent baggage systems.
Project Fact 2
The project requires new equipment, reconfigured spaces, utility relocations, and a building extension.
Phase I construction mostly takes place under the Central Terminal and entrance to Concourse B.
The Port set goals to ensure local small businesses and apprentice workers benefit from construction opportunities.