• Speed through Dubai passport control with Smart Gate registration

    Australian passport holders can zip through Dubai Airport like a local, by registering their passport with Dubai’s Smart Gate system for automated processing at the border on arrival and departure. Once enrolled, you won’t need to line up in the regular passport lanes: you’ll i...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Photos: Inside Melbourne's new private jet base

    With discrete arrival for chauffeur-driven limousines, private customs and immigration screening, à la carte dining, a luxurious day spa and boutique hotel-style suites, the Melbourne Jet Base is undoubtedly Australia’s most impressive airport terminal. Oh, and did we mention the ...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2018 6 Comments

  • Singapore's Frequent Traveller Program eases sign-up rules

    Australian passport holders will now find it even easier to qualify for Singapore’s Frequent Traveller Program, which provides fast-track clearance at passport control via automated lanes rather than manned desks, and removes the need to complete passenger cards on arrival and departure. U...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2018 16 Comments

  • Thailand plans to add $1.8 billion terminal at Bangkok's main airport

    Bangkok’s main airport is planning to add a stunning A$1.8 billion terminal with extensive wooden cladding and an indoor forested landscape. Tropical forests inspired the blueprint for the building and the aim is to give travelers a feeling of Thailand’s uniqueness, 52-year-old arc...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Sydney Airport T1 becomes 'quiet terminal' with fewer announcements

    Sydney Airport’s international terminal will become a quieter place to relax and unwind when jetting abroad, with T1 transitioning to become a ‘quiet terminal’ from Monday September 17. While regular announcements will continue to be made at and around boarding gates, only &ldq...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Can the Sydney Airport Gateway plan finally unlock road congestion?

    Sydney Airport's notorious traffic chokepoints could become a thing of the past under the Sydney Gateway plan, which has received the go-ahead from the NSW state government. The Sydney Gateway, slated to open in 2023, will create direct motorway access to the domestic and international term...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Sydney Airport proposes drive-up premium departures wing

    Sydney Airport hopes to spoil premium passengers with a dedicated wing where well-heeled travellers can stride straight from the kerb through immigration and to the lounge, and potentially board their flight directly from the lounge itself. It’s one of many prospects outlined in the airpor...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2018 18 Comments

  • A business traveller's guide to London Heathrow Terminal 2

    Officially dubbed The Queen’s Terminal, T2 at London’s Heathrow Airport houses almost every Star Alliance airline in the world, with 24 of the alliance’s 28 member carriers flying into and out of Terminal 2, along with a few others such as Aer Lingus, Eurowings and Flybe. For...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport to run international flights from domestic terminals

    Melbourne Airport plans to run international flights from its domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia terminals within five years. The move will allow both airlines to easily switch aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 between domestic and international routes. The airport aims to insta...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2018 11 Comments

  • Behind the scenes at Star Alliance's Frankfurt Connection Centre

    For any traveller, and especially for business travellers, making a connection between flights can be a case of when things run wonderfully smoothly or, from time to time, when things go unavoidably wrong. At Frankfurt Airport, in a nondescript building adjacent to the bustling main terminal, a ...

    POSTED 13 Aug, 2018 5 Comments

  • Skip those London passport queues with a UK Registered Traveller card

    The United Kingdom’s Registered Traveller program allows regular UK visitors to bypass the queues at passport control – including the often-lengthy lines at London’s Heathrow Airport after those long flights from Australia – in favour of whisking through the UK and EU lane...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2018 20 Comments

  • London's Heathrow Airport is now selling Fast Track security access

    Heathrow Airport is now selling access to its Fast Track security lane, with passengers asked to stump up  £12.50 (A$22) each in their effort to jump the queue. Available to outbound travellers at all four of Heathrow's terminals, the Fast Track path is normally reserved for business ...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2018 4 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link: here’s what you need to know

    Melbourne’s long-awaited railway link between Tullamarine Airport and the CBD has been getting plenty of coverage following this weekend’s promises by the state government. Here’s the Australian Business Traveller executive summary while to read while you sit in an Uber, a taxi...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2018 46 Comments

  • London Heathrow's third runway wins backing of Parliament, but not BA

    London Heathrow airport’s £16 billion (A$29 billion) expansion plan may have cleared its last major political hurdle, but the project has yet to convince British Airways, the hub’s biggest customer. After U.K. lawmakers backed the construction of a third runway by 415 votes to ...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2018 18 Comments

  • New Australian airport security rules restrict travelling with powder

    Passengers departing from Australian international airports will soon be subjected to new security screening rules, restricting powdered items in carry-on baggage on all flights from June 30. Under the new policy, all powders must be presented separately for inspection at the international secur...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2018 52 Comments

  • Chicago Airport wants a high-speed city link via Elon Musk's Loop

    Chicago's O’Hare International Airport could be connected to the CBD by a high-speed link shuttling travellers between two new underground stations in just 12 minutes at speeds up to 240kph. The US$1 billion system will mark the debut of 'Loop' technology created by Tesla founder Elon Musk...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2018 6 Comments

  • Adelaide Airport gets new Virgin Australia lounge, expanded terminal

    Virgin Australia will open a brand new domestic lounge in Adelaide by 2021 as part of broader terminal expansion works at Adelaide Airport, which will also pave the way for a new multi-airline lounge in the international precinct and upgrades to other facilities for passengers jetting abroad. Al...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2018 27 Comments

  • Star Alliance eyes new lounge, airline co-location at Hong Kong T2

    Star Alliance hopes to bring all of its member airlines together into a single terminal at Hong Kong and could open its own Star-branded lounge similar to those at Los Angeles, Paris and Buenos Aires. The alliance’s preference will be to take a ‘clean sheet’ approach with the n...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • Would you trust a robot to handle your bags at the airport?

    Emirates can’t understand why robots – like the ones used by Amazon's warehouses – aren’t handling airport baggage yet. Outlining what automation, artificial intelligence and big data can do for air travel, the carrier’s President Tim Clark laid out a vision in whic...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Flying from Taipei? Ditch your suitcase at in-town check-in

    Booked on a flight from Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport with China Airlines or EVA Air? Then take advantage of the city’s in-town check-in facility on the day you depart, to drop your suitcase and grab your boarding pass before venturing to the airport. It’s a nifty option to keep up ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • Qantas lounge access at Jakarta Airport's Terminal 3

    IN BRIEF | Qantas and Jetstar will move into Terminal 3 of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport this week, swapping their spot at the airport's rather dated Terminal 2 for the newer Terminal 3, which was opened in 2016 and mainly serves flag carrier Garuda. A spokesman for Qantas confirmed to Austra...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 11 Comments

  • Domestic airports to get tighter security, full-body scanners

    Air travellers will face more stringent security over the coming 12 months under a sweeping security overhaul flagged in the 2018 Federal Budget. Advanced 'full-body scanners' are to be rolled out across Australia's nine major domestic and international airports, replacing the current metal...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 95 Comments

  • Perth Airport CEO: no direct ANA or JAL flights to Japan this year

    While Perth Airport is in discussions with both ANA and JAL about direct flights to Tokyo, those flights are not due to take wing until 2019 says Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown. "There's ongoing discussions with both airlines," Brown tells Australian Business Traveller, "but it won't be this...

    POSTED 7 May, 2018 18 Comments

  • London's Crossrail line is a new way to get to Heathrow Airport

    London's new Crossrail tube service, to be formally known as the Elizabeth Line, will provide a new way for travellers to zip between Heathrow Airport and the city – but problems with a new signalling system mean you'll need to wait a few more months before you can enjoy those swish new tra...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2018 21 Comments

  • The long-awaited LAX 'people-mover' shuttle train will arrive 2023

    Start counting down, but don't hold your breath: LAX is getting an 'automated people-mover' which will not only whisk travellers between terminals but to parking stations and even connect to the Los Angeles metro, if that's your thing. Costed at US$4.9 billion, the long-awaited transit project i...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 20 Comments

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