• Pop-up counters let you check in before you get to the airport

    Airline passengers will be able to avoid the pre-flight ritual of lugging heavy bags to the airport and around the departure terminal as the world’s first pop-up check-in system enters service. Devised by Amadeus IT Group, the technology will facilitate check-in for groups of travelers at ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 1 Comment

  • A time-saving shortcut for Qantas' Sydney T3 security line

    TRAVEL TIP | The next time you arrive at Sydney Airport's T3 domestic Qantas terminal only to face a long line at the security checkpoint, cast a glance to your far left for a time-saving shortcut. T3 has two security channels, you see: the main, centrally-located one which just about every...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 19 Comments

  • Singapore's new Terminal 4 fast-tracks the check-in experience

    Your next business trip to Singapore could see you breezing even more quickly through checkpoints at the world’s best airport as early as next month. Changi Airport will start operating its newest Terminal 4 on October 31, featuring automated check-in kiosks with facial-recognition softwar...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 1 Comment

  • $1 trillion airport spree puts Singapore, Hong Kong on notice

    For decades, Singapore and Hong Kong have reigned supreme: as key transit points connecting travelers in Asia to and from the rest of the world. But now, a US$1 trillion global airport spree is threatening the status quo. About half that money is due to be spent on upgrading or building new airp...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 6 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport's new UberX pick-zones (you'll pay for them)

    Melbourne Airport is set to open dedicated UberX pick-up zones at its domestic and international terminals – but drivers will pay to use them, and pass that cost onto passengers. The airport will levy an 'airport access charge' of $4 per trip, beginning tomorrow when the waiting and pick-u...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 9 Comments

  • Coming soon: tighter security for domestic flights?

    Domestic Australian flights could soon face similar security restrictions to international services in the wake of an alleged terrorist plot to plant a bomb onto an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Stricter identity checks are said to be a central part of the security clampdown, which wou...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2017 56 Comments

  • Australia’s slowest airport WiFi? Try Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport has the slowest complimentary WiFi service of any major Australian airport, according to research published this week by Ookla: the company behind the popular Speedtest website and app. Using data taken from 5,492 individual speed tests performed across airports in Sydney, Melbour...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2017 13 Comments

  • How to skip the queues at Hong Kong Airport passport control

    Australian passport holders, selected frequent flyers and other regular visitors to Hong Kong can bypass the queues at the country’s passport checkpoints in favour of automated e-Channel lanes, after completing a quick registration process. Once registered, you’ll be able to come and...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2017 7 Comments

  • Sydney Airport looks to biometrics for passport-free travel

    Biometrics could soon replace your passport when travelling internationally from Australia under ambitious plans tabled by Sydney Airport: doing away with manual inspection of passports and boarding passes in favour of facial recognition, allowing passengers to breeze through the terminal. Under...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2017 6 Comments

  • Heathrow seeks cheaper third-runway plan with phased expansion

    London’s Heathrow airport could scrap plans for new terminal buildings serving its £16 billion-pound (US$21 billion) third runway in favor of a phased expansion of existing infrastructure adding “5 million passengers at a time,” according to Chief Executive Officer John Ho...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • The airports of the future are actually here already

    No matter how well-regarded a particular airport happens to be, the slog from curb to cabin is pretty much the same wherever you go. A decades-old paradigm of queues, security screens, snack vendors, and gate-waiting prevails—the only difference is the level of stress. Transiting a modern ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • US unveils tighter security screening for iPads, other tablets

    U.S. airline passengers will have to take tablet computers and other large electronic devices out of carry-on bags for inspection as the government phases in tighter screening prompted by fears terror groups can hide bombs in them. Most passengers already had to remove laptops from their bags wh...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 10 Comments

  • Hong Kong Airport to debut world's slowest 'fast-track' channel?

    Hong Kong International Airport plans to launch a fast-track security lane in September 2017, with Cathay Pacific among the airlines lined up to offer the streamlined travel experience to its premium passengers. But it seems like the fast-lane won't get you very far, as the airport won't be open...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 14 Comments

  • American Express ends Express Path access at Sydney Airport

    American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders will no longer be able to skip the queues at passport control and security screening when flying internationally from Sydney Airport, with access to the Express Path lanes ending on July 31 2017. Although traditionally reserved for business cla...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 14 Comments

  • Review: Sydney Airport's Terminal 1 Bridge Bar, by Luke Mangan

    The dining options at Sydney Airport’s international terminal have seen a noticeable upgrade over the past few years, to the extent than many eateries stack up well as alternative to some of the less-appealing business class lounges. Nestled behind the Heinemann Tax & Duty Free store, ...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • Priority Pass offers $36 of free food, drink at Brisbane Airport

    Priority Pass has extended its coverage of airport dining to Brisbane, with three outlets at Brisbane's domestic and international terminal now offering $36 of food and drink credit. The program works in the same way as it does for seven restaurants, bars and bistros in Sydney Airport: order you...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2017 10 Comments

  • Get fit before you fly: now airports have gyms, too

    America’s airports are where long lines, crowds, and the TSA combine to make life miserable. But once the metal detectors, explosives-sniffers, and pat-downs are behind you, suddenly all is transformed into boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Why not gyms, too? The airport terminal has long...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Amsterdam Airport tests 'express lane' for those who travel light

    Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is looking to give travelers with little or no baggage speedier passage through security by letting them bypass checkpoints clogged with an increasing number of passengers loaded with carry-ons. Beginning in July, the airport will start a trial to streamline pr...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2017 1 Comment

  • Beijing's new mega-airport will shake up Chinese airline market

    Like ancient warlords, China's three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China controlling Beijing, China Eastern holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Rising on a plain south of B...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2017 12 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's Opal card loophole exposed

    A little-known loophole in Sydney's Opal card is allowing travellers a nearly free ride to Sydney Airport's domestic and international stations – and it's costing the NSW Government an estimated $1.3 million in lost revenue. The trick lets users skip the $13.80 'access fee' levied at the p...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 22 Comments

  • Photos: inside Singapore Changi Airport's new T4 terminal

    As the opening of Singapore Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 draws near, here's a sneak peek at what travellers will see inside the large lush space. First up, get ready for a sea of self check-in machines.  "T4 will be Changi Airport's flagship terminal for self-service processes" s...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 17 Comments

  • Outgoing passenger departure cards will be axed from July 1st

    EXCLUSIVE | Those bothersome and largely redundant Outgoing Passenger Cards are finally being binned for good, with international travellers no longer required to fill out the green forms from July 1, 2017. This means there’ll be one less bit of paperwork standing between you and your flig...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 35 Comments

  • London's Heathrow Airport gets dedicated 'shopping lounge'

    Heathrow Airport's 'personal shopping service' is going even more upmarket with the launch of a new lounge exclusive to duty-free shoppers. The space in Terminal 3 is reserved for clients of Heathrow's concierge-style shopping consultants who can help travellers – especially those pressed ...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Singapore's Changi 'Jewel' puts a rainforest inside an airport

    Singapore's Changi Airport is already renowned for its pleasant human touches such as butterfly gardens and rooftop pools – but the new 'Jewel' complex could very well make you forget you're in an airport altogether. Nestled nest to Terminal 1 where a carpark once stood, and due to ...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2017 15 Comments

  • Sydney Airport proposes new T4 international terminal

    Sydney Airport has revealed plans to build a new international terminal adjacent to the current domestic terminal 3 used by Qantas. Dubbed T4, the terminal would take over space now occupied by the Qantas jet base which houses and maintains the airline's fleet. A Terminal 4 North pier would w...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 15 Comments

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