1. Baggage Free Terminal
By liberating the passenger from his baggage the use of public transport will be encouraged.
As next stage the baggage home-pick-up will be replicated on the arrivals side delivering the baggage directly to the destination.
Ultimately baggage will be travelling independently and as individual ‘passenger’ by most economic and sustainable means.
Airports for a long time have depended on non-aviation revenues. Whilst car parking and airside retail have been contributing forward looking airports have long identified other income streams. Munich’s Airport Centre [MAC] with its own brewery invites the local neighbourhood as it provides space for the unexpected delay of aircraft especially in snow-rich South Germany.
Salzburg is dedicating its Terminal 2 to trade exhibitions and events in the non-winter season, Dresden transforms its passenger terminal, a former aircraft hangar into a multi-stage concert hall celebrating the Dresden Airport Night.
Better use of the airport infrastructure – optimising the excessive land-taking airside, terminals and airport landside will dominate the airport industry in the coming decades. This is to provide urgently needed capacity and improve the airports position within stiff competition.
When Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airport suggests dropping landing charges in return for a fair share in the in-flight retail revenue [link to quote], one can understand the complexity of changes to be expected. Quickly improving terminal processes by the use of biometric technology will shorten passengers dwell-time at the airport.
Since flight times between destinations will not shorten dramatically in the short term this will shift the balance towards the airlines entertaining passengers on board rather the airport in terrestrial lounges and malls.
And there are new transport systems entering medium and potentially long-distance travel. Airports will be able to see this as a chance or competition. In any case, environmental constraints to emissions and lack of additionally needed runway capacity will force airports to integrate high speed railway, Hyperloop and eVTOL into a coordinated infrastructure – formidable challenges to the physical infrastructure with consequences for the Airport business model.
There are many trends in other industries, including radical changes of the office world. New typologies, co-working, better connectivity between work-live and travel will impact onto the way airports will work in the future – or better create opportunities for airports to position themselves in the value chain and benefit from new business opportunities.
Airports enabling connectivity, providing for airports to connect people – this is the future and Urban Turbine isto engage and support airports, municipalities and airlines in establishing the vision of airports and strategies to get there.