Finnair has introduced self-service check in, boarding, document check, and baggage drop at Helsinki Airport. The carrier is a recipient of the International Air Transport Association's Fast Travel Gold Award.
Airports in Europe are taking a more strategic approach to manage traffic, which costs carriers and consumers about $6.5 billion a year. Airports in Paris and Frankfurt have deployed measures such as dispatching planes from gates in take-off order and routing planes to the nearest runways in an effort to lower waiting time, fuel consumption and pollution.
CLEAR security kiosks will be introduced at the San Antonio International Airport in Texas by summer. "Passengers using the biometric technology can enhance their security checkpoint process and San Antonio airport experience," said Frank Miller, aviation director at the airport.
A storm in Europe prompted flight cancellations from Frankfurt and Paris on Tuesday. Frankfurt's airport canceled most of its flights, while Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris canceled around 25% of flights.
First-class lounges are getaways in and of themselves, this writer says. At Heathrow Airport's Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, travelers can enjoy a day spa with a Bumble & Bumble salon, while Lufthansa German Airlines' First Class Terminal at Frankfurt airport features a cigar lounge, soaking baths and luxury-car chauffeur service directly to planes.