Passengers flying with Asiana Airlines and Korean Air will now be able to utilise the benefits of a self-service bag drop system launched at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport.
The new technology will enable passengers to scan their boarding passes and attach their own baggage tags, eliminating queueing at traditional check-in desks. Baggage will then pass into the automated system for transfer to the aircraft after weighing, scanning and measuring.
The service, which is the first of its kind to be introduced to South Korea, will help to streamline the passenger processing system, saving time and costs with a reduced need for dedicated check-in desks. Incheon has deployed the system in partnership with SK Telecom, G-antech and Type22. Other global providers of bag drop technology include ARINC with their ExpressDrop solution.
Indian airports will soon step up its efforts to control smuggling and track ‘persons of interest’ through its launch of Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) this month.
The APIS system has been developed by the National Informatics Centre with assistance from the Directorate General of Systems under the Finance Ministry and is set for launch at Indira Ghandi International Airport.
The system will operate in much the same way as the US and European APIS systems with the provision of an electronic database of all passengers and flight crew, with the addition of a manifest of all personnel entering and exiting the airport terminals.
APIS is designed to enable government and border agencies access to Advance Passenger Information which can then be screened to identify potential threats to national and international security. The system is mandatory in the US and is proving to be a great asset to agencies in the tracking of terrorist movements. APIS requirements are spreading around the globe as more and more countries take a stand in the threat of terrorism.
APIS providers have a responsibility to ensure that Advance Passenger Information is collected, stored and distributed securely, swiftly and reliably to be of the greatest use to agencies all over the world.
A £1 billion investment plan has been announced for Gatwick Airport as it marks its five-year milestone of independent ownership.
The airport has seen improvements to its South Terminal and the next investment plans are for the North Terminal, where £36 million will be spent on a brand new check-in area, featuring what is hailed to be the world’s largest self-service bag drop zone. 60 bag drop units will be expected to virtually eliminate queueing and will free up valuable terminal space while helping airlines with cost-sharing opportunities in a multi-airline bag drop facility.
A new security area will benefit from £30 million and is expected to open in 2016. Gatwick anticipate that the streamlined process of passenger screening will enable them to handle 5,000 passengers per hour with new features such as reconfigured lanes and floor wayfinding; systems that have been rigorously tested during the ‘Generation 2’ trials.
Queues are also expected to be reduced by the introduction of 15 new e-gates, effectively speeding up the passenger processing system and greatly enhancing the experience for travellers.
Stewart Wingate, CEO at London Gatwick is delighted with the new plans and said, “It’s been an incredible five years and this is just the start. Gatwick is changing for the better and the fresh £1 billion investment is a clear signal that we intend to become London’s airport of choice.”
Rockwell Collins continue their successful promotion of their ARINC Common-Use, Self-Service platform this month with the announcement of a new agreement signed with Cardiff Airport (CIAL).
A fully managed solution will be provided, including hosted connectivity from the Slough-based data centre. CUSS kiosks can help to speed up and streamline the entire passenger processing system, delivering an enhanced passenger experience at the same time. The ability to provide cost-sharing applications for operating airlines, gives the airport greater flexibility and enables better use of expensive terminal space without the need for dedicated, airline-specific check-in desks.
CIAL worked with ARINC for many years, with the first installation of the iMUSE platform in 2003 and an upgrade to ARINC vMUSE Enterprise in 2011 and look forward to continuing the relationship with ARINC’s new owners, Rockwell Collins.