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Edition 2 - Article 5

Airports of the future

Airports are quietly undergoing an evolution worldwide. Here we explore where the modern airport experience could land in the future.

For many, the modern airport experience leaves much to be desired. Endless queues, heavy luggage, and repeated security checks are among the least-favourite airport experiences of travellers worldwide.

However, the sector is quietly undergoing a revolution. Artificial intelligence, biometric technology and autonomous vehicles are transforming the airport experience, changing everything from check-in to touchdown for the better.

“Air travel is one of the sectors most significantly impacted by technology,” says Boe Pahari, AMP Capital’s global head of infrastructure.

“Everything from passport control to the digitisation of luggage handling to online parking is changing the nature of the airport experience.”

AMP Capital has long been a fan of the airport sector.

In 2018, the global fund manager bought a 49 per cent stake in the UK’s London Luton Airport for investors in its global infrastructure equity strategy.

In 2017, AMP Capital bought 100 per cent of Leeds Bradford Airport in the north of England, and it has long held stakes in other airports including Newcastle in the UK and Melbourne and Launceston in Australia.

Part of the attraction is the potential for technology to transform the airport experience.

Already, flyers are benefiting from self-check in on their mobile phones, automated bag drop counters and fast facial recognition at passport control.

But the technological revolution is only just getting started.

AMP Capital sees a future where every aspect of the airport experience is touched by technology, reducing wait times and eliminating queues.

The potential is there for a very different airport experience.

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