• Auckland gets airport-city rail link – to open in the year 2047!

    Ready for a bit of time travel? Good, because you'll need to set the dials for a jump ahead to the year 2047 if you want to ride the new train line between Auckland Airport and downtown Auckland. We kid you not. As much as that rail link is needed now – and has been needed for the past man...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2017 19 Comments

  • British Airways' new London Heathrow T5 First Wing opens April 5

    Here's your first look at the new British Airways First Wing at London Heathrow T5, which opens on Wednesday April 5, 2017 to provide a long-awaited fast track for top-tier BA and Oneworld flyers. Located behind the current T5 first class check-in zone, the First Wing will offer a dedicated pa...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 7 Comments

  • Dubai Airport switches on 100Mbps WIFi – and it's free

    Dubai loves to be the biggest and best at everything, and now that roster of braggadocio includes the world’s fastest free airport WiFi. According to Dubai Airports, its new superfast WiFi service – aptly named WOW-Fi – serves up speeds "up to a staggering 100Mbps, surpass...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2017 6 Comments

  • 50 Shades of Security: US airport checks to get more intimate?

    Security checks at many US airports will become more intimate under new procedures rolled out by the Transportation Security Administration this month. The TSA has adopted what it terms a "standardized pat-down procedure" to replace as many as five different types of pat-down used at the screeni...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2017 10 Comments

  • Sydney Airport now earns $8,395 on every car parking space

    Sydney Airport has once again claimed the crown for Australia's largest car parking profiteer, according to the latest report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC's annual report on our four major airports found that Sydney Airport outstripped Melbourne, Brisban...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2017 11 Comments

  • Canberra Airport mulls international business class lounge

    As Canberra Airport looks to add more international flights onto its departure board, the airport's managing body is looking to open a premium lounge for business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers. But unlike most Australian airports, the lounge wouldn't belong to any one airline. I...

    POSTED 23 Feb, 2017 9 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport's private VIP jet terminal to open in 2018

    Melbourne Airport will soon have its own VIP terminal dedicated to the highest of high-flyers including celebrities, rock bands, cashed-up 'whales' bound for Crown Casino and others belonging to the private jet set. The curfew-free Melbourne Jet Base, set to open in the later half of 2018, is al...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2017 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport introduces Twitter-based flight status updates

    Sydney Airport has rolled out a handy little travel assist for the social media generation: now you can get flight updates via Twitter. Send a tweet to @flySYD and include your flight number, and you'll receive an automated reply with the status of your flight. This starts with th...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 2 Comments

  • Photos: Swish new look for New York's JFK airport

    New York’s JFK Airport isn’t anybody’s favourite place to fly into – or out of, for that matter. But there’s a bold plan to change all that, as long as the necessary US$10 billion can be scraped together. NY governor Andrew Cuomo says the sweeping makeov...

    POSTED 10 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • Photos: Hong Kong Airport plans massive SkyCity mall

    Hong Kong International Airport will become part of a lively 24-hour district under ambitious plans for a new retail and entertainment hub called SkyCity. Located on a 25 hectare parcel of land adjacent to the airport's Terminal 2, SkyCity will boast up to 930,000 square meters of commercial d...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2017 1 Comment

  • The story behind airport codes...

    Three-letter airport codes are part of the alphabet soup of travel, and while some are glaringly obvious others are completely cryptic. So what's really in an airport code? Let's start with some homegrown examples. The airport codes for Sydney, Melbourne and Perth – &n...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2016 72 Comments

  • Auckland Airport now offers a fast-lane for many frequent flyers

    Getting through Auckland Airport should be quicker and easier for inbound Australian flyers thanks to a newly-opened biosecurity lane at the international terminal. The lane is available for Australian and New Zealand  passport holders who don't have any food "or other biosecurity risk item...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2016 5 Comments

  • SmartGates to make way for 'tap & go' passports, biometric scans

    EXCLUSIVE | Passport-scanning SmartGates will be removed from the arrivals area of Australian airports in a bid to shorten queues and streamline passenger flow, while incoming passenger cards are also likely to be abandoned. Taking their place: a sophisticated contactless system using smart-chip...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2016 23 Comments

  • Now there's unlimited free WiFi at Dubai Airport

    Passengers travelling through Dubai can now remain connected to the office or loved ones back home thanks to a new high-speed wireless Internet service available across Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports. With no download limits and an overall capacity exceeding 5Gbps – y...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Airport departure & arrivals passenger cards to be axed?

    International travellers departing Australia may soon wave goodbye to those green paper-based ‘outgoing passenger cards’ under new plans to streamline border processing by the Australian Government. Also potentially for the chop: the similar orange ‘incoming passenger cards&rsq...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 45 Comments

  • Newcastle Airport trials full body scanners for domestic flights

    Passengers travelling domestically from Newcastle Airport may now be asked to skip the traditional metal detector in favour of a full body scan as part of a new trial. But unlike those jetting abroad, domestic flyers have the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ and proceed through the metal det...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • How to register for Japan's new Trusted Traveller scheme

    Japan’s new Trusted Traveller scheme allows frequent visitors to use the same automated passport lanes as Japanese locals, saving time on your next business trip by avoiding the often-lengthy queues for manual processing by an immigration officer. However, enrolling in the program isn&rsqu...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • London's Heathrow Airport will finally get a third runway

    Heathrow Airport is finally set to see a third runway, with the British Government today announcing approval for the expansion. The airport's proposed will see construction of the additional runway and a new Terminal 6 to the northwest of the existing airport perimeter at a cost of A$28.25bn (&p...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2016 35 Comments

  • Luxe make-over for Melbourne Airport's T2 international terminal

    Melbourne Airport's international terminal is getting a retail-oriented revamp, with an emphasis on upmarket fashion and gourmet dining. The airport suggests the make-over "will capture the character of Melbourne in a way that truly showcases the sophisticated essence of the city" in "a vibrant ...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2016 33 Comments

  • Sydney Airport begins charging UberX passenger pickup-up fee

    Travellers arriving into Sydney Airport's domestic terminals will have to dig a little deeper when it comes to paying for an UberX ride to the office or home. A new Priority Pick-up area, now open near the T2 and T3 terminals, will see ride-share drivers from the likes of UberX and Go Car paying...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • Sydney Airport UberX passengers to be charged $4 pickup fee

    UberX and Go Car passengers will pay a minimum $4 surcharge for being picked up at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminals from September 13. The fee will also apply to pre-booked taxis and friends and family collecting travellers from the new Priority Pick-up zone – currently a free pub...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2016 39 Comments

  • Where is Sydney Airport's international terminal Uber pickup zone?

    Where is the pick-up zone for UberX and Go Car at Sydney Airport's international terminal? Ridesharing services like UberX and Go Car can use the public Express Pickup area marked in green on the map below, which is a short walk from the international T1 terminal. Uber Black cars use the...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Where is Sydney Airport's domestic terminal UberX pickup zone?

    Where is the pick-up zone for UberX and Go Car at Sydney Airport's domestic Qantas and Virgin Australia terminals? Sydney Airport has set aside a new Priority Pick-up zone for ridesharing services like UberX and Go Car which opens September 19. It's located past the end of the T2 and T3 do...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • How can I get an Express Path card for Sydney Airport?

    How can I get an Express Path pass to use the fast-track departure security and immigration lanes at Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal? Express Path cards for Sydney Airport’s international terminal are issued to all travellers checking in at the business class and first cla...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Nationwide airport strikes this weekend mean customs, immigration delays

    If you're flying out of Australia today, pad your travel schedule with plenty of extra time due to a 24 hour strike at airports across Australia. Staff from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection kicked off the industrial action from midnight, in an effort to bring the government to...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

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