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Dubai Airport is planning to replace its traditional security system with enclosed corridors and virtual fish swimming along the walls. There is method to the madness; the fish are designed to attract passengers’ attention as they walk through the airport, so that 80 cameras can capture their biometric information. We take a closer look at this security concept.
We also profile Doncaster Sheffield Airport as it looks to double passenger numbers, find out how airports are being incorporated as essential elements of modern cities, explore the best airport art of 2017, and take a closer look at the new terminal at Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy, which is striking in its use of traditional materials and natural light.
Finally, we consider the role that differences in language between air traffic control and aircraft have played in air accidents, and find out more about the popular Baidu Maps app, which has recently been launched at Australia’s Sydney Airport, and what it can offer Chinese tourists travelling to destinations outside of China.
In this issue
Biometric Challenges While biometric security systems would improve passenger flow through Dubai Airport, getting a business case to stack up for widespread implementation is a challenge. Frances Marcellin finds out more from Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president, technology & infrastructure. Read the article here.
The Long Haul Doncaster Sheffield Airport is looking to double passenger numbers in the next five years. Chris Lo finds out how this growing regional hub, named best small airport in the UK by Which in August, plans to overcome past challenges and build on its success. Read the article here.
Smart City, Smart Airport The impact connectivity has had on our lifestyles is nowhere more prominent than in ultramodern airport cities, where having the world on your doorstep is the ultimate convenience. Eva Grey finds out more about the airport city model. Read the article here.
A Language for Emergencies Elizabeth Mathews, a former linguistic consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization, believes that language factors have played a role – and in different ways – in more accidents than is generally acknowledged. Frances Marcellin investigates. Read the article here.
Airport Art Airports are gateways to a country and as such the pressure is on to impress. Joe Baker takes a look at some of the incredible art that has filled airports in 2017, including a chalk exhibition in Florida and public art in Tampa. Read the article here.
Behold Baidu Sydney Airport has launched indoor Baidu Maps, becoming the first airport outside of China to introduce the platform. With over 500 million users, the app has an enormous following, so what can it offer Chinese tourists? Frances Marcellin reports. Read the article here.
Rethinking the Airport The new terminal of Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy, is striking in its use of traditional materials and natural light. Lucy Ingham speaks to Giulio De Carli, founder and managing partner at One Works, to hear more about this striking scheme. Read the article here.
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The US Government recently proposed spinning off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration to a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Is this a good idea, and would offloading ATC responsibilities make the FAA’s core mission of aviation safety easier?
We also consider whether the days of the airport announcer are over after several airports have opted to do away with PA announcements, speak to the developers behind a new video game set to simulate the experience of managing an airport, and profile Istanbul New Airport ahead of its unveiling later this year.
Finally, we look at the inventive ways in which airports are welcoming passengers with special needs, and take a guided tour of Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4, inspired by nature and complete with advanced technologies and green walls.
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