• 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 20 Comments

  • Qantas is moving to Jakarta Airport's Terminal 3 on May 11

    Qantas and Jetstar will move into Terminal 3 of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport in May. The airlines currently use the airport's rather dated Terminal 2, whereas Terminal 3 – which mainly serves flag carrier Garuda – was opened in 2016. A spokesman for Qantas confirmed to Australia...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2018 8 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 19 Comments

  • Beat the queue and take the fast track with these airport travel hacks

    Business travel comes with many hurdles and headaches which you just don’t need – so the more of those you can skip, the better. Case in point: those long lines at airport immigration checkpoints, especially on arrival. You may be able to use the business class or first class check-i...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2018 9 Comments

  • United, American move ahead with Chicago's US$8.5bn overhaul

    A US$8.5 billion expansion plan for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport got a lift on Thursday after the airport's two major carriers, American and United, settled a dispute that had clouded the project. United Airlines and American Airlines said in a joint statement they had reached an agree...

    POSTED 16 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • Qantas adds self-service check-in kiosks at Sydney Airport T1

    Qantas will begin moving to self-service check-in and baggage drop facilities at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal this week. The kiosks are similar to those already used by Qantas at Sydney's T3 terminal. Passengers can check-in for their flights, collect their boarding pass and head s...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2018 34 Comments

  • Qantas details new Perth Airport T3 'international terminal wing'

    Qantas has pulled back the covers on its upgraded T3 international terminal at Perth Airport ahead of this month's launch of non-stop flights between Perth and London. Those flights, along with other Qantas services to Singapore and Auckland as of March 24, will run from a new international wing...

    POSTED 13 Mar, 2018 21 Comments

  • Airport security could soon start at the kerb, says TSA boss

    The nation’s aviation security forces must shift their focus away from checkpoints and toward public areas of airports to adapt to a changing threat exemplified by a spate of recent attacks, the agency’s new chief said. David Pekoske, a former vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard ...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2018 12 Comments

  • Sydney Airport's T-Bus transfer between terminals is now free

    Transferring between Sydney Airport's international (T1) and domestic (T2, T3) terminals is a pain, but at least it's now a less expensive pain – indeed, the pain comes free. The airport has axed the $6 fare for its T-Bus service, which runs on a loop between the international and domestic...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 6 Comments

  • Govt cracks down on airport TRS rebates for Australian travellers

    The Federal Government is tightening its watch on Australian passport holders who claim a 10% tax rebate on expensive items before flying out of the country. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) allows for a full rebate of the 10% GST on goods worth $300 or more and purchased within 60 days of l...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2018 49 Comments

  • American Airlines slams United 'gate perks' in US$8.5bn O'Hare revamp

    American Airlines. is crying foul over a planned US$8.5 billion renovation of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, claiming a “secret provision” awards additional gates to United in a terminal slated to be torn down. The arrangement favoring Chicago-based United was &l...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 1 Comment

  • Chicago's $10bn boost plans new 'global terminal' for United, American

    A new US$8.5 billion plan to expand Chicago's O'Hare International Airport ran into turbulence on Wednesday due to a gate dispute involving the airport's two major carriers. American Airlines said it cannot sign a new lease needed for the project, citing a "secret provision, inserted ...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 2 Comments

  • Tips to fast-track your journey through Brisbane Airport

    Whether you fly once a year or every other day, one thing’s for sure: nobody likes standing in line at the airport, but you don’t always need a business class ticket or a shiny frequent flyer card to fast-track your way through the terminal and onto your flight or your ride home. Her...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • Tips for speeding your way through Sydney Airport

    Nobody likes standing in line at the airport, but you don’t always have to be a frequent flyer or a business class passenger to skip the queues and fast-track your way to the lounge, a restaurant or bar, or the boarding gate. Whether you’re flying within Australia or overseas, here a...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • Canberra eyes Qantas flights to Wellington, AirNZ to Auckland

    With flights to Singapore and Doha already taking wing, Canberra Airport is now looking to add New Zealand to its network map. Managing Director of Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron, considers trans-Tasman travel as “the piece that's missing” – or will be missing from May 1, when...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2018 31 Comments

  • Travelling in the United States during the US Government shutdown

    With the US Government in shutdown mode, most federal employees are currently off the job until further notice: but it’s not all bad news for business travellers heading Stateside. That’s because ‘essential’ government workers – a roster that includes airport securi...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 1 Comment

  • The story behind airport codes...

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Three-letter...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 78 Comments

  • Your Australian passport can access fast-track Singapore immigration

    At the best of times, arriving into Singapore’s Changi Airport is fairly efficient with no more than 5-10 minutes waiting in line at immigration. But the queues and waiting times can sometimes stretch out to double that time, or more. So here’s a time-saving tip which can see you in...

    POSTED 22 Dec, 2017 12 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport goes luxe with high-end retail, dining

    Luxury has landed at Melbourne Airport, with the T2 International Terminal now boasting a bevy of top-shelf international retailers plus some local heroes for preflight dining. The airport believes the new luxury retail and dining outlets will not only reflect Melbourne’s self-proclaimed p...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2017 8 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's ambitious Melbourne terminal 3 make-over

    Virgin Australia’s domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport will be dramatically reshaped over the coming years, with the aim of delivering what the airline promises will be a “world class passenger experience.” “This isn't just a lick of paint,” jokes Virgin Australi...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2017 19 Comments

  • Brisbane Airport moves international terminal pick-up zone

    Travellers arriving into Brisbane Airport's international terminal and being collected by friends or family won't be impressed by the new pick-up area which opens Thursday November 23. Rather than being located at the terminal itself – as with the soon-to-be-closed pick-up road, conve...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 23 Comments

  • Plaza Premium to open Melbourne lounge in early 2018

    Melbourne Airport will see the opening of a Plaza Premium lounge in early 2018, providing non-status travellers with the option to pay their way into the lounge for food, drinks and shower access before their flight. A spokesman for Plaza Premium has confirmed the lounge operator's plans and tim...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2017 13 Comments

  • Fast-track your transit at Hong Kong airport

    TRAVEL TIP | Hong Kong is a popular stopover point, especially for travellers on Cathay Pacific flights to Asia, Europe and the USA. And even if you're not breaking your journey with a night or two in Hong Kong, it's a great airport to transit through with some top lounges to visit (especially t...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2017 9 Comments

  • Travel tip: drop your suitcase at Kuala Lumpur in-town check-in

    Flying with Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air or Cathay Dragon from Kuala Lumpur International Airport? Then take advantage of the city’s in-town check-in desks, where you can ditch your suitcase and obtain your boarding pass before reaching the airport. It’s a great move if you’r...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Sydney Airport wants to take Terminal 2 from drab to fab

    Sydney Airport is continuing its quest to take Terminal 2 from drab to fab – at least the airside portion of the terminal – with renovations designed to make T2 lighter, brighter and better for travellers. Portions of the terminal – primarily used by Virgin Australia and Jetsta...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2017 32 Comments

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