• 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 3 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 26 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 12 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 – 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

  • 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

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