Future airports to have rooftop pools, morphing seats & ‘Phygital’ technology:Survey

Jun 30 2014, 17:55 IST
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SummarySkyscanner predicts that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces providing passengers with

Skyscanner, the global travel search site predicts that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces providing passengers with a sense of wellbeing; and airlines will become cyber hubs where travellers can create havens to suit their business or leisure needs.

With Indian passenger figures expected to increase to approximately 107 million for domestic travel by 2016, the global travel site reveals what travel journeys will look like in 2024 as part of the sequel to its Future of Travel report. The report predicts how passengers will be able to enjoy a stress-free and speedy check-in followed by a relaxing and bespoke flight.

Kavitha Gnanamurthy, senior marketing manager, Skyscanner India, said, “The section II of the report decodes the next decade of travel experiences and the future of airports. Developments like automated self-service technologies, check-in with a voice command, laser molecular scanners and other emerging technologies will lead to automated airport infrastructure by 2024, thereby transforming both domestic and international travel. This can already be witnessed with artistic airports coming to life in India.”

Commenting on the report, Filip Filipov, head of B2B, Skyscanner, said, “Emerging technologies mean that by 2024 the travel journey from our home to holiday destination has the potential to be a stress-free and enjoyable experience – full of fun distractions for everyone. Airports and flights will no longer be the price we pay to travel but instead will signify the start of our holidays where travellers can relax and create the perfect space to suit their needs whether they’re flying for business or leisure.”

Landside and seamless departures

According to Skyscanner, the future will see an entirely automated airport journey where passengers will take complete control, eliminating check-in desks and queues - ultimately speeding up the process. Passengers will be able to check in and drop off their bags at Starbucks as they buy coffee and use their smartphones to monitor the queue times at security as they choose the best route to get to their gates. The birth of ‘The Internet of Things’ also means that more products will be connected to the internet and to each other allowing devices to ‘talk to one another’. For example, pre-set digital luggage tags and suitcases will include all flight details and destination information allowing holiday-makers to track their bags throughout their journey. These future systems along with biometric data cards (which will replace passports) mean that

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