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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The Future of Holidays

That well-earned summer break you’ve been waiting for could be just around the corner. From the airport experience to the cost of flights, Thomas Haynes investigates what holidays could be like in the post COVID-19 world

UK Government Confirms Quarantine Measures

At today’s Downing Street press briefing, Priti Patel, the UK’s home secretary announced quarantine measures set to be introduced at the country’s border to protect against a second wave of COVID-19.

Are Airports the Next Smart Cities?

Airports globally are recognized as being similar to smart cities, as they focus on delivering improvements to operations, sustainability, experience and business vitality.

WESCAM MX-20 successfully integrated onto MQ-9

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).

Still Up in the Air?

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.

Flybe Collapse: Which Airports are Hardest Hit?

With Flybe comprising almost the entire commercial air schedule at some UK gateways, Airports International editor Tom Allett examines the facilities which will feel the impact most. 

Coronavirus: Global Airports Respond to COVID-19

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, airports are at the frontline of the mission to stem the spread of the virus. Thomas Haynes examines the effects of the virus on the industry and what is being done to control the spread.

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UK visitors in pictures

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from UK airports...

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Now that’s an Airport Hotel

The Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport has a little more to offer the aviation enthusiast than your average hotel...

Leonardo demonstrates radar sensing concept for Tempest

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

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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