• 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

  • New airport scanners could end bans on liquids, gels and laptops

    Manufacturers of airport security equipment have a message for travelers who fear they will have to give up laptops and tablet computers on international flights: They have a solution. At least four of the largest companies making screening devices say they are developing scanners so much better...

    POSTED 27 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • British Airways wants a shorter, cheaper third runway at Heathrow

    British Airways parent IAG has called on Heathrow Airport to scrap plans for its new runway to span London’s orbital highway, saying the proposal could add £3 billion pounds (A$5.2 billion) of costs. Extending Heathrow’s third landing strip across the M25 motorway would also co...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Priority Pass now offers $36 of food, drink at Sydney Airport

    Priority Pass card-holders can now tuck into $36 worth of free food and drink at seven restaurants, bars and bistros in Sydney Airport. The Priority Pass program is geared to providing access to airport lounges around the world but has a minimal footprint in Australia with just three airports (B...

    POSTED 8 May, 2017 27 Comments

  • Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 4 will be light on lounges

    The shiny new and seriously large Terminal 4 at Singapore's Changi Airport will be packed with places to eat and shop – those are the country's national past-times, of course – but the list of airline lounges is currently looking rather sparse. At the time of writing four airlines ar...

    POSTED 5 May, 2017 14 Comments

  • Government to build $5bn Western Sydney Airport

    Australia's government said it will build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney after the operator of the city's existing hub ruled out developing the project because of the "considerable" risks to shareholders. Details of the plan for Western Sydney Airport will be unveiled in the budget nex...

    POSTED 2 May, 2017 13 Comments

  • Photos: British Airways' new London Heathrow T5 First Wing

    Here's your first look at the new British Airways First Wing at London Heathrow T5, which opened on Wednesday April 5, 2017 to provide a long-awaited fast track for top-tier BA and Oneworld flyers. It's located at the far right end of BA's Terminal 5, behind a can't-miss-it curved fluted wall ...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2017 14 Comments

  • Security tightened on flights from Middle East to Australia

    Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai to Australia will face increased airport security measures from this week as the Australian Government reacts to the ‘electronics bans’ recently imposed by the United States and the United Kingdom. Affecting travellers aboard Qantas fl...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2017 8 Comments

  • Auckland gets airport-city rail link

    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

  • Dubai Airport switches on 100Mbps WIFi

    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

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