Handling escalating growth no longer means "just" providing more security, more ticketing counters, more baggage capacity and more ground transportation. Progress in technology, in sustainable living practices and in considering passenger and staff wellbeing is shaping a new perspective on the types of spaces and systems that will define airports of the near future. Global expenditure on airport infrastructure is climbing, opening up opportunities to realize new visions that focus on major improvements, rather than servicing the flawed status quo.
Some cities have already implemented innovations that are redefining the airport’s purpose.
Changi Airport in Singapore is seeing the growth of new retail and leisure experiences, within a uniquely rich botanical environment.
At Marseille Provence Airport in France, an iconic terminal is being rejuvenated, rather than demolished. By embracing the latest philosophies, the airport is moving into the future for decades to come.
Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s main hub, is developing a truly regional, if not national, transit centre, where new highways and rail lines will converge, creating connections to towns and cities for the international air traveller.
At LaGuardia Airport in New York, technical innovation comes together with business acumen to prepare this gateway airport to thrive. On the technical front, the unique application of two stunning bridges to span the taxiways is one of the innovations designed to unlock what is an exceedingly tight airport. On the business front, the adoption of a P3 finance model enables these forward-looking changes to happen.
Picture if you will, airports around the world providing easy, fast and stress-free passenger navigation every day. This advanced offering, driven by the objectives of operational efficiency and passenger well-being, would bring an unprecedented level of passenger satisfaction extending throughout the traveller’s journey.