Airport Technology News

Dealing with increased volumes of passengers, ever more advanced security threats and environmental challenges is driving innovation in the aviation technology sector. The demands of modern travel habits and budget airlines mean that airports in particular are having to adopt and trial new technologies to keep pace with the fast-changing industry.

Passengers around the world are familiar with airport technologies including x-ray machines and boarding-card scanners. However, in recent years, airports have adopted full body scanners, facial recognition and automated custom controls; all designed to improve passenger flow through the airport and improve on security. Whilst these technologies are yet to become ubiquitous within the industry, there has been a broad acceptance by airports and passengers alike as bottlenecks and pain points are addressed, costs are reduced, and passenger experiences are improved.

This page covers the technologies being trialled by major international airports around the world, from new security checks and protocols to environmental initiatives and logistics. For more of the latest airport news from around the globe, take a look at our Airport News page.

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An insight into Innsbruck Airport

Innsbruck’s alpine terrain and unpredictable weather can make it one of the most technically demanding airports in Europe. Ahead of a busy winter season, we learn more about the region’s most interesting air gateway.

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Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport.

Are Emirates Airbus A380s coming to Stansted?

In a first for the Essex gateway, a double airbridge has been introduced – which is capable of being used to access the upper deck of Airbus A380s. Find out more here…

Rare aircraft movements from the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19 was attended by some 500 heads of state, including presidents, prime ministers and monarchs from across the globe, making it one of the largest such gatherings since the memorial for Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, in 2013. Here we illustrate some of the more unusual aircraft to visit the UK for the event.

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Why Orlando International's new South Terminal C is game-changing

Chris Sloan visits Orlando to learn more about a multi-billion dollar addition to the Sunshine State’s primary leisure gateway.

QUIZ: Think you know your ICAO codes? (Part three!)

With the ICAO conference wrapping up in Montreal this week, there's no better time to put your knowledge of the organisation’s codes to the test. From global megahubs to regional gateways, are you ready for a real challenge?

Recent UK planespotting highlights!

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK. For the most part, they’re commercial jets, but almost all of them are unusual types, wearing new or unique liveries or first visits by an airline or airliner to a particular airport

The Great British Airport Quiz!

This week's quiz celebrates some of the best airports across the British Isles. From regional gateways to global megahubs, this is the ultimate test of airport trivia!

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USAF’s in-development EC-37B visits future home

Highly modified Gulfstream EC-37B Compass Call - registration N591GA (c/n 5591) - made a brief visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on August 17

PICTURE QUIZ: Guess that UK Airport

It's time for the Key Aero commercial aviation quiz, and this week we have a special picture round! We're putting your knowledge of UK airports to the test - good luck! 

All the Latest Airport Technology Trends in One Place

Key airport technology trends often align with the pressures felt by airports to remain profitable whilst meeting the high standards expected and required by the industry in areas including security, safety and environmental credentials. Often airlines can drive change as they begin to introduce technologies to their dedicated terminals, gates and airport lounges. The major international airlines act as a global network enabling the spread of these technologies as they introduce them from one airport to another.

Passengers too can be a big driver of change as they come to expect certain technologies to be available including online check in and frictionless procedures and facilities from security checks to the departure gate. The articles in this section reflect upon and document this technological progress as more airports and airlines begin to adopt and trial the latest cutting-edge technologies.

The introduction of these technologies can often raise issues between improving efficiency and reducing costs and improving security and passenger safety. This dichotomy in itself is driving innovation and increasing technology adoption rates across the industry as airports strive to find solutions to new problems whilst keeping their costs down.

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If you’re looking for more articles on the commercial aviation industry and news from airports and airlines across the globe, why not take a look at some of our other commercial aviation pages? We write about Airport News from domestic and international airports around the world, Commercial Aviation News and Aviation Engineering News.

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