Experience a smooth flight without all the baggage
FU FUTURE air travellers will navigate a se self-service network of baggage robots bots, autonomous vehicles and invisible biometric checks on their journey from kerbside to airside.
And the all-purpose terminal common today will be split in two, creating a ground transport interchange where passengers offload luggage before high-frequency autonomous vehicles drop them at a terminal ringed by planes.
The Sunday Mail can reveal concepts created for leading global airports by Australian-based airport consultancy Airbiz. The ideas are at the cutting edge of future airport design and offer some radical solutions to improve efficiency, cut costs and aid customer comfort.
Airbiz managing director Greg Fordham said the most dramatic idea was to separate the ground interchange area from the terminal.
“As you approach the airport there’s a drive-through bag drop where you deposit your bag, or you could deposit your bag in a baggage robot that will take your bag away and deal with it,” he said. “What we’re doing is dispersing the checking in of baggage, avoiding the congregation of people from a security point of view and providing a better level of service for the passenger.”
Having dropped their bags, passengers would catch a shuttle to the terminal where they could shop and dine until alerted on their phone to go to the gate.
Mr Fordham said advances in biometric technology would eliminate many “human touch points” that currently slow passengers down.