What is the average time taken to load and unload the luggage?

I was wondering, how are Lufthansa able to unload luggage (LH 760) of 500 passengers and load the luggage (LH 761) of another 500 passengers, in just a 2 hour gap for return leg of 7000 KM FRA-DEL journey.

Bonus Question : How are the handlers able to complete this operation that fast?

• Because the bags are not handled one-by-one. They come out in a container which is loaded, and unloaded, directly to the aircraft full of bags. – Simon Aug 4 '15 at 11:27
• In many (if not all) airliners, there are multiple luggages bay. You may load/unload them independently and simultaneously (given you have enough workers). Not to mention ULD and self-loading fret using multiple jetways while the luggages are handle (possible as they are not using the same doors) – Manu H Aug 4 '15 at 13:06

Another Airbus document mentions (on page 188, section 5-2-1) full load of A380 as

• FWD cargo compartment: 20 containers
• AFT cargo compartment: 16 containers
• Bulk cargo compartment: 1,000 kg (2,205 lb).

From this calculation best case is they can finish unloading and loading within just above 30 minutes. However this is not possible since there will be some delay due to the fact that there are other things to be done during turn around that may disrupt exchange of cargo. Also other services such as cleaning need to be done during turn around time.

Airbus provides 2 scenarios for turn around time
- 90 minutes if both decks are serviced at the same time.
- 140 minutes if both decks are serviced only from the main deck.

Passengers' luggage is not loaded in an A380 by one suitcase at a time. That would be very time consuming.

After passengers check in the luggage and head towards the gate where the superjumbo is parked, their baggage is started to get stored in unit load devices1. And after that, those ULDs are loaded into the airplane:

According to Airbus, the A380 can store 38 LD3s. Volume of a typical suitcase/bag (dimensions: 32"H x 12"W x 21"D) is less than 5 cubic feet, so 30 suitcases can easily fit in a single LD3.