Airports are now a very important connecting feature of our society. The more high-tech and passenger friendly they become, the more likely they are to positively impact on local societies and economies. In this insight we have identified a list of trends that will be seen in 2020 for airports and aviation.

Robotics

Robots have been considered as an option to help passengers in busy and confusing environments of large airports. In fact Gatwick airport in the UK is willing to initiate a pilot robotic car park project in the very near future.

Passenger-centered Solutions

The adoption of 5G networks have started already in some airports across the world, highlighting a way that airports are adapting to meet customer convenience. Airports are evolving to adopt technologies that can help accelerate customers activities  such as check-in, baggage screening, security and customs.

Liquid Bans

Everybody groans when they think of having to remove liquids and gels from hand luggage when traveling by air. Technology is developing to provide advances in computed tomography scanners to screen luggage in a more accurate way without the need to remove the usual items banned in carry-on luggage.

Paperless and Trustworthy

Blockchain technology is being explored by airlines and airports in means of improving safety and aviation security operations. This type of technology is believed to be a potential asset in dealing with an ever-growing passenger flow, mostly for passport and visa controls. This will eventually put an end to manual verification methods.

Biometrics

The biometric realm in airports will become a reality in 2o2o through trials of face-recognition technology and palm vein identification, which are already being used in London, NYC, and main Chinese cities. The problem of long and congested security lines is hoped to be resolved by putting key functionalities at boarding gates resulting in less manned work and expediting boarding processes.

Secure

Improving airport security-screening operations presents a risk in itself affecting security and business continuity if the networks were to be breached. Aviation and airport security solution providers are working with the leading IT companies to develop the best and most secure at the design stage.

Cloud Based Systems

To go cloud based is being seriously considered airports as it will reduce capital investments and offer elasticity to adapt to passenger flows. Modernising legacy IT infrastructures is a main drive, followed by private investors taking ownership of public airports and looking to generate revenue quicker with less investment.

Unknown Unmanned Threat

With new technologies being put into place to make managing operations less disrupted and reliant on man power, there is the perpetrating ‘unknown’ which creates a new threat. New technologies are advancing so fast that the fear of unmanned technologies causing new issues could be imminent.

Air-Traffic Control

Air-traffic control infrastructure is being pushed further towards limited capacity as traffic continues to grow. Congested airspace is proving to be a big challenge reinforced by technical complexities of integrating unmanned aircraft systems into civilian airspace.

The idea of adopting remote-control centres to efficiently manage airports’ traffic has recently emerged. These new approaches are generating strong investment opportunities and the redesign of management of airspace control.

Sustainability

Aircrafts are becoming more environmentally friendly, with biofuels being tested, lighter airframe components and trials to reduce carbon footprint of flying. Positive results are leading towards further experiments.

Current aircraft designs are no longer able to integrate new power and flight systems therefore redesigning aircrafts and airframes are unavoidable to improve the environmentally friendly effect of aviation.