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.

L3Harris to modify King Air 350ERs for Canadian ISR mission

US-based defence contractor, L3Harris Technologies, revealed on November 2 that it has been contracted to modify three new Beechcraft King Air 350ERs into special mission aircraft for Canada

You can buy a real airport terminal!

An airport in Poland is selling a disassembled airport terminal building and you can buy it!

Top 10 scenic airport approaches revealed

A survey of more than 6,000 aviation fans has shown which airports are the most beautiful and some that feature on the list are not what you might think…

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Leeds Bradford's Replacement Terminal Revealed

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has released new CGI images of its proposed replacement terminal, showing what passengers could expect if plans are approved.

Airlines and Airports Agree on Winter Slots Waiver

Ahead of the winter season, airlines, airports and slot coordinators across Europe have agreed on conditions for waiving the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule and are waiting for the green light from regulators

Saturday Quiz: Can you identify these airports?

They come in all shapes and sizes and none are ever the same. But how well do you know your airports? Let us know what score you got!

Frequent flyers key to aviation recovery

Huge survey reveals three-quarters of frequent travellers are ready to fly again and that demand for airport lounges will increase, but clarity is needed on quarantines and border controls

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How Long Are All the UK’s Runways Combined?

Have you ever wondered what the combined length of all the UK’s commercial airports runways is? We have. That’s why we dug out the calculator and did the maths. And the answer is: very long…

Airports That Don’t Exist Anymore

From housing developments to business parks, many airports all over the world have been closed and repurposed as something entirely different. Here’s eight examples you might not have heard of.

Seven of the World’s Most Amazing Runways

Runways come in many different forms and vary greatly in their characteristics. Whether they’re perched on the side of a mountain, are made from sand or are short enough to make landing difficult, the following seven runways some of the most amazing in the world.

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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