Babcock International was awarded preferred bidder status on operations and maintenance contracts for British Airways and Heathrow Airport Ltd. The five-year contracts are worth a combined total of £440 million ($665 million).

The UK engineering support services company would take on maintenance and support of baggage systems at Heathrow terminals 3 and 5, making it responsible for the operations and maintenance of all baggage handling systems across the airport campus. The baggage handling contract includes an option to extend the contract for a further two years. The British Airways contract would see Babcock continue to be responsible for maintenance of the carrier’s ground support at Heathrow including de-icing units, passenger buses, scissor lifts and pushback tractors.