• 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 47 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 4 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 21 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 93 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

  • 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 10 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 15 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

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