A £170 million contract has been awarded to upgrade baggage screening and handling systems for Heathrow.

The project, to be carried out by infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, will involve upgrading and installing baggage screening and handling systems at Heathrow’s eastern baggage facility.

Company group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “This contract award is testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with Heathrow Airport Limited over the last 17 years. 

“The UK aviation sector is a core market for Balfour Beatty and we are delighted to play our part in helping Heathrow maintain its position as a leading travel hub and supporting local employment.”

The new contract is part of a three-year infrastructure upgrade at the west London hub.