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The challenges for airport owners / operators / developers range from the large investments needed (upfront), the limited ability to adapt to changing airline and passenger demand, being forced to implement and support legacy (pre-internet) processes and changing security requirements. But most of all: how to make the airport profitable?
Challenges for passengers are that they need to stand in line at least 4 times, making travel a stressful and cumbersome enterprise. That can be done better!
Vidamore is involved in the development and marketing of a new airport concept: airport in a box. The runway, apron infrastructure and tower all stay the same, while the passenger terminal is completely different. The terminal itself is an opportunity for food and drink, shop and entertain for passengers and non-passenger, until the flight is ready to board. The separation between pax and non-pax is done at the very latest, while checkin, bagage drop, security, etc is all done at the gate. Furthermore: one the materials have arrived in sea containers, the airport in a box is up and running in just 30 days. And movable if needed on a later date. Check out: http://www.airport-in-a-box.com
Airbus R&D created a video impression of the passenger experience on board their aircraft in 2050. Interesting ideas about passenger groups choosing to interact, be entertained or work in different parts of the cabin. Looking closely to the video it is also showing new concepts in:
See the video!
The aviation industry consensus forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicates that by 2014 there will be 3.3 billion air travelers, up by 800 million from the 2.5 billion in 2009. 45% of them on Asia Pacific routes,
IATA says: “Despite some regional differences (China / India grow faster than elsewhere), the forecast indicates that the world will continue to become more mobile. This creates enormous opportunities but also presents some challenges. In five years we need to be able to handle 800 million more passengers".
Think of what this means for your airline, security, ground and baggage handling, border control, airport infrastructure, air traffic control, parking capacity, public transport capacity and impact on other involved parties.
Link to the original article at the IATA website.
Air France announced to give the option to auto-check-in bookings made on airfrance.com. They will send you an email, MMS, SMS with your boarding pass automatically about 30 hours before the flight. Why is this the beginning of the end for this (less and less useful) step in the passenger process?
New aviation concepts do not pop up every day, and most are not well thought through. Like this one. The product design company Seymourpowell has designed a zeppelin concept for the rich. Suitable for cross-continent travel, so they say, it will be a luxurious ride. The design is focussed to "no stress".
Cruising at 10,000 feet, the travel between LHR and JFK will take about 37 hours is the claim (I think it is dependent on the directions of the wind). Next to that, many restrictions are present to "fly" over the Atlantic Ocean. On top of that, most zeppelins are not really weather-resistant, meaning they can often not take off due to wind or other weather.
Nice design-concept, but is a zeppelin like ship the most optimal? Beautiful renderings though.
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