• 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

  • Talking point: have you given up on airport WiFi?

    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. TALKING POIN...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2017 14 Comments

  • $1 trillion airport spree puts Singapore, Hong Kong on notice

    For decades, Singapore and Hong Kong have reigned supreme: as key transit points connecting travelers in Asia to and from the rest of the world. But now, a US$1 trillion global airport spree is threatening the status quo. About half that money is due to be spent on upgrading or building new airp...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Australia’s slowest airport WiFi? Try Sydney Airport

    Sydney Airport has the slowest complimentary WiFi service of any major Australian airport, according to research published this week by Ookla: the company behind the popular Speedtest website and app. Using data taken from 5,492 individual speed tests performed across airports in Sydney, Melbour...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2017 13 Comments

  • The airports of the future are actually here already

    No matter how well-regarded a particular airport happens to be, the slog from curb to cabin is pretty much the same wherever you go. A decades-old paradigm of queues, security screens, snack vendors, and gate-waiting prevails—the only difference is the level of stress. Transiting a modern ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 0 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

  • 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

  • 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 38 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Boingo unleashes high-speed airport WiFi

    Airport WiFi can be a bit hit-and-miss, especially if you're unable to access a lounge before your flight. American company Boingo Wireless hopes to change that by serving up more Wi-Fi options in major American airports. Boingo already offers free WiFi at selected airports with speeds that are ...

    POSTED 31 Dec, 2015 0 Comments

  • Star Alliance plans Gold Track priority airport immigration lanes

    Business and first class passengers along with top-tier frequent flyers on Star Alliance airlines will enjoy VIP treatment at the immigration desks of selected airports from next year. The new Gold Track Immigration program will complement the existing Gold Track security lanes (below) already e...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2015 12 Comments

  • Australian Government scraps Ebola form for international travellers

    International jetsetters will no longer need to complete and present a ‘travel history card’ when returning to Australia from mid-December as the Federal Government winds back its Ebola screening measures at the nation’s airports. The move is welcome news for frequent business ...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2015 7 Comments

  • Nationwide Border Force airport customs & immigration strike on Nov 9

    Travellers at Australia's international airports this coming Monday November 9 should arrive early and be prepared for extensive delays as Border Force, Immigration and Agriculture staff walk off the job for a full 24 hours. The industrial action will include Border Force officers who usually ch...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2015 51 Comments

  • Best lounges, airports & hotels: the Australian Business Traveller Awards

    Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Etihad take line honours for the world's best airport lounges in the Australian Business Traveller Awards for 2015. Best First Class Lounge: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class, Hong Kong Between rushing to the airport and boarding that next flight, Cathay Pacific&rsq...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2015 9 Comments

  • The world's best airports for sleeping in (2014 edition)

    You won't always have the luxury of a conveniently short stopover or a premium lounge in which to relax. But if you're stuck between flights with a l-o-n-g wait – especially an overnight one, at that – there are some airports which are highly regarded for being snooze-friendly. Sleep...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2014 5 Comments

  • Why the same three typefaces are used in nearly every airport

    IN BRIEF | Just three typefaces make up the directional signage in 75% of all airports: Helvetica, Frutiger and Clearview. These three font families are easy to read at a distance – see if you can spot them on your next journey. Helvetica Developed in Switzerland, Helvetica supposedly ...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2014 6 Comments

  • Brisbane Airport's cheapest car parking

    Looking for the best deal on a car parking spot at Brisbane Airport? We've surveyed the car park companies and crunched the numbers to reveal the cheapest short-term and long-term rates, from a single day to five days and beyond, for both domestic and international travellers. Your first choice...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2014 2 Comments

  • Revealed: Melbourne Airport's cheapest car parking

    Trying to cut down your expenses on the ever-increasing cost of parking at Melbourne Airport? There are plenty of alternatives to paying top dollar at the airport's official car parking facility, thanks to the many independent parking facilities huddled around the Tullamarine area, with som...

    POSTED 11 Mar, 2014 12 Comments

  • Free guide: wi-fi Internet access at airports around the world

    Here's a handy reference for travellers – a guide to wi-fi Internet access at dozens of the world's major airports. With some airports it's free, while others will hit you up for $20 if you want some pre-flight surfing (assuming you don't enjoy access to an airport lounge where the wi-fi i...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2014 1 Comment

  • Why some international lounges in Europe are before passport control

    If you're flying around Europe, especially to the UK, make sure you know where the lounge is -- many of them are before passport control, and you might not be allowed back through to go to the lounge. It's all because of the Schengen system, where most of continental Europe has open internal bor...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2013 4 Comments

  • Telstra testing 4G 'small cell networks' for airports

    Telstra is evaluating advanced 'small cell networks' to cope with the boom in smartphones, tablets and laptops at Australia's busiest airports. Known as heterogeneous networks or HetNets, these use a tightly-woven matrix of small 4G mobile phone cells to handle high traffic loads in areas "...

    POSTED 15 May, 2013 0 Comments

  • Dubai Airport gears up for massive Terminal 1 make-over

    Now that Dubai Airport's Emirates & Qantas all-Airbus A380 concourse A is open, attention is turning to the major upgrade for the older Terminal 1 at DXB. The extensive revamp is expected to be completed by the end of next year. In the meantime, be sure to allow yourself extr...

    POSTED 10 May, 2013 0 Comments

  • New terminal 4 at Singapore aims for new airlines, more flights

    Singapore's Changi Airport is set for a fourth terminal, boosting the number of passengers the airport can handle and reducing pressure on the facilities in existing terminals 1, 2 and 3.  The airport also hopes to attract new airlines and improve the number of routes at the capacity-constr...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2013 0 Comments

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