Boarding - Articles and news items
Airport news • 24 November 2015 • Kate Douetil
MBJ Airports Limited, the operator of Sangster International Airport, has announced that electronic boarding passes will be accepted as part of the security screening process.
Airport news • 11 May 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review
Abu Dhabi Airports has signed an agreement with SITA to provide iValidate, a new traveller document authentication system, at Terminal 3 by June 2015.
Following the success of electronic ticketing, the IATA Board of Governors has asked IATA to look at other elements of the passenger journey, in order to offer a self service option for passengers to choose. IATA went out to passengers through their Corporate Air Travel Survey (CATS) and independently surveyed 11,000 passengers. We spoke with Paul to find out more about how IATA’s Fast Travel programme will revolutionise the way in which we pass through an airport.
La Galerie Parisienne is the new boarding satellite of terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. It has handled nearly 2.4 million passengers since it was unveiled by the French Republic President, Nicolas Sarkozy, in June 2007. This satellite, in line with Aéroports de Paris strategy, allows the growth of handling capacity and reinforces the performance of the first European hub. It is also a showcase of the service policy of Aéroports de Paris. La Galerie Parisienne brings together technological innovations with a string of record figures: its length of 750 metres, 3 hectares of glass façade and 225,000 square metres of built up area (more than 40 soccer fields). Its steel structure weighs more than 13,000 tonnes, nearly twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
It’s a problem that faces most of Europe’s airports; the construction process is not always conducive to an efficient boarding process. One solution, employed at Dublin Airport, is Temporary Boarding Gates.
Paul Behan considers the advantages of Common Use Self Service kiosks and how sharing the cost of their installation, can mean sharing the benefits. The case for Common Use Self Service (CUSS) kiosks for check-in has always been robust. The concept is simple. Installing check-in kiosks that can be shared by a number of airlines eases access for customers, reduces hardware and maintenance costs for airlines and allows airports to make better use of valuable real estate. IATA estimates that on average CUSS saves airlines US$2.50 per check-in. That adds up to US$1 billion in annual industry savings with 40 per cent market penetration.
The latest research into the way passengers behave when boarding aircraft reveals some surprising results, and prompts reflection on present boarding practices.
Although great strides have been made in the area of increasing accessibility to transport, it remains difficult for many people with disabilities to utilise air transport. The National Centre for Accessible Transportation (NCAT) aims to make air travel more pleasant, efficient and dignified for travellers, both with and without disabilities, writes Dr Hunter-Zaworski.