Airports increasing power sockets for passenger convenience

21 April 2015 (Last Updated April 21st, 2015 18:30)

A recent research says that airports are fast recognising the trend of passengers' increasing reliance on phones and are increasing the number of charging facilities at their premises.

A recent research says that airports are fast recognising the trend of passengers' increasing reliance on phones and are increasing the number of charging facilities at their premises.

The research that was conducted by travel search engine KAYAK.co.uk found that airports in the UK were well equipped and offering more charging points for the convenience of passengers.

Airports like London's Heathrow have close to 3,000 power sockets in its international departure lounge which makes one plug available for every two passengers, while London Luton that receive fewer passengers than Heathrow, offers close to 400 power sockets and 40 universal charging points.

The research further revealed that across the channel in Europe, Warsaw's Chopin airport had 3,000 power points to offer and Barcelona and Munich had around 1,000 points each.

Vienna and Amsterdam's Schiphol airports feature specially designed laptop chairs, compact work stations with a power socket and a small desk for its passengers, while Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport has almost 1,500 charging stations which are rare for a Russian airport, most of which have this facility in VIP areas.

Many other airports have the option of pay-charging stations, which can be operated after inserting change.

Recognising the increasing need among passengers for such facilities, airports are increasingly investing in improving their access to power plugs. Airports such as Frankfurt and Hamburg already have plans underway to enhance their facilties.

KAYAK regional director of UK, Ireland and Nordics Loella Pehrsson said: "At KAYAK, we feel it is important, as a technology company, to improve online travel, and as a result we know how important it is to get the information you need, anytime and anywhere you travel.

"The KAYAK App and the tools it offers all respond to this need. For example, with the Flight Tracker feature you can actually track the status of your flight in real time."