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.

WESCAM MX-20 successfully integrated onto MQ-9

Khalem Chapman

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) and L3Harris Technologies have successfully integrated the WESCAM MX-20 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system onto an MQ-9 unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

Khalem Chapman
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Still Up in the Air?

Mark Broadbent

Will the development of a controversial third runway at Heathrow happen? Will capacity issues be resolved? Mark Broadbent considers the latest on the decades-long UK airport expansion saga.

Mark Broadbent

Flybe Collapse: Fleet Fallout

Martin Needham

Martin Needham provides an overview of the Flybe fleet before crunching the big data to establish where the company’s grounded aircraft are currently located.

Martin Needham

Flybe Collapse: Reaction from Westminster and Beyond

Thomas Lee and Carol Randall

Flybe’s collapse has prompted mixed response from the UK government, unions and investors. We review the key comment and insight from this emerging story.

Thomas Lee and Carol Randall

Flybe Collapse: A Disastrous Blow for UK Connectivity

Gordon Smith

With the blame game already underway, Airliner World editor Gordon Smith offers his analysis following the untimely demise of the regional carrier. 

Gordon Smith
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Challenging Airports - Nuuk, Greenland (BGGH)

Chris Frishmuth

With links to other towns in the country and international points beyond, the small airport at Nuuk is an essential gateway to the region.

Chris Frishmuth

Air Italy in Voluntary Liquidation

Thomas Lee

Air Italy ceased operations with immediate effect on February 11 after its shareholders, Alisarda and Qatar Airways through AQA Holding, chose to liquidate the company citing “persistent and structural market problems”.

Thomas Lee

Condor Future Confirmed

Thomas Lee

POLISH AVIATION Group (PGL), the owner of LOT Polish Airlines, has agreed to acquire German leisure carrier, Condor.

Thomas Lee

Qatar Airways responds to Russia probe

Gordon Smith

Two former Qatar Airways employees based in Russia have been found guilty of charges relating an abuse of authority.

Gordon Smith

Leonardo demonstrates radar sensing concept for Tempest

Khalem Chapman

Leonardo UK has demonstrated the performance of new radar receiver/warner technology as part of the UK-led Team Tempest programme.

Khalem Chapman

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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