Airport Advisor the new app for airports and their customer’s feedback

Have you heard about Airport Advisor ?

The new app that allow your passenger to leave quotes about your Airport ? ( availbale for Android and Ios in 14 languages) ?

After 2 months on line, already 143 advices left on the app

98% are very good opinion of travelers.

Picture also are left on the app to give an idea of the post.

The passenger who give more post on the month, become an Ambassador of the app and recieve his goodies.

Airports can become members of Airport Advisor and recieve their monthly quotes, marks.


Airport Advisor enhance the #paxex for sure.

No need for your Airport to spend a fortune on Survey. And make your e-reputation on the Top.

Your Pax is now your partner

Don’t miss this opportunity.





Houston Airports to Be First Airports in the World to Debut Cutting

Houston Airports to Be First Airports in the World to Debut Cutting-Edge Wayfinding Technology .

HOUSTON, June 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Finding your way around Houston’s airports will be as simple as checking your smart phone when a new way-finding application is launched on the Houston Airport System’s award-winning website this month.

Working with San Francisco-based company LocusLabs, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) will be the first airports in the world with the turn-by-turn wayfinding technology that doesn’t require downloading a separate app to smart devices.

Once in place, passengers can easily access the interactive map technology from any device or browser, whether the device is mobile, desktop or tablet. The easy navigation tool provides “transit path” directions that will take the user from their originating point to their destination with the most direct and efficient path possible. LocusLabs has named this product “Maps Online.”

Both graphic and text directions are provided and each step of the path has turn-by-turn points listed, as well the estimated time it will take to walk to the destination. As important, it offers searchable navigation, with location information and search terms for points of interest including gates, ground transportation, ticket kiosks, shops, restaurants, security checkpoints, and more.

“For the Houston Airport System, the accessibility of this new technology is as exciting as being chosen as pilot airports for its launch,” said Kathleen Boyd, Head of Marketing for the Houston Airport System. “The fact that there is no app necessary — that travelers at our airports can use it simply by going to on their smart device — offers another powerful and valuable tool to our customers, who already use our passenger journey-focused award-winning website to find a wide variety of information and services on a daily basis. It is another step towards meeting our strategic objective to “Make Our Passengers Happy.”

The website has earned accolades from industry leaders and customers since its re-imagined makeover a year ago. This new technology enhances its passenger journey-focused approach with faster and easier feed updates, providing users with more real-time updates on airport services and amenities as well as up-to-the-minute updates on the airport footprint and points of interest information.

Airport maps are some of the most-visited pages on the website, and with the new technology providing precise navigation throughout both airports — as well as a search engine that can provide information on shopping, dining, gate location and more, this ground-breaking technology advances the Houston Airport System’s goal of providing the most complete and useful information possible to passengers at both airports.

Launched in 2015, LocusLabs is a San Francisco-based company that provides the platform and tools that enable devices to be location-aware on a micro level. LocusLabs is going a level deeper than existing mapping solutions by not only mapping places, but also people, products, and things, using technology that scales. LocusLabs’ mission is to provide global venues, enterprises and brands a digital platform to communicate, share and manage everything about their physical space.

“We are proud to partner with Houston Airport System, whose innovative thinking is bringing IAH and HOU passengers the optimal digital travel experience in whatever channel or app they may be using,” says Campbell Kennedy, Co-Founder and CEO, LocusLabs.


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Airports and airlines need to work together to unlock value

DUBAI — Airports and airlines need to work together and exploit synergies wherever possible,

according to a recent study by global management consulting firm Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), part of the PwC network. These partners need to join forces in order to boost revenues, lower costs, improve efficiencies, and enhance the customer experience.

Commenting on the need for airports and airlines to make unlocking synergies a priority, Alessandro Borgogna, Partner with Strategy& who leads the aviation practice in the Middle East, said: “Airports and airlines have a long and successful history of collaborating to transport millions of customers safely from place to place. However, this is no longer sufficient for business success. With a far more dynamic geopolitical and economic environment, increasing global competition and need for lower costs, these two natural partners need to make every effort to unlock synergies.”
According to the study by Strategy&, there are four areas where airports and airlines could work jointly to unlock value:

1) Integrate sales channels to boost customer purchases – Airports and airlines should solve the basic problem that prevents them from selling more products to their millions of passengers. To give passengers more time to shop, and make it more convenient, airports and airlines could integrate their sales channels for retail goods. These following options could be put to use at the same time: airplane to gate, airplane to airplane and home to gate.

Hong Kong International Airport for example has introduced the i-Gate facility, which allows travelers to order goods directly on tablets at the departure gates and have the goods delivered to them within 10 minutes.
London Heathrow Airport also offers an online travel store, Heathrow Boutique, which provides a ‘Reserve & Collect’ service where passengers can reserve products online, then pay and collect the goods as the shop.

2) Drive sales with joint loyalty programs – Although most airlines offer loyalty programs, these programs are much less common among airports. In a recent study of international airports, Strategy& found that only a quarter offered loyalty programs which were predominately large airports with over 40 million passengers per year. With a joint sales channel, a joint loyalty program can generate incremental revenues and profits for both airports and airlines at relatively low costs.

Airports and airlines also stand to gain in the following ways: More passenger spend as loyalty-program members increase their purchases to obtain loyalty points, enter higher reward tiers, and earn vouchers; lower costs thanks to shared costs, such as a joint technology platform and call centers; economies of scale as the joint program grows and increases its negotiating power with suppliers; better customer knowledge that digital analytics can exploit to tailor offerings and improve customer relationships. However, designing a business model with the right profit-sharing mechanism and the right technology will be critical.

3) Improve customer experience and efficiencies with joint digitization – Digitization is shaping the travellers’ entire experience, which Strategy& identified in five stages: pre-journey, pre-flight, in-flight, post-flight, and post-journey. Today, airline-related digitization focuses on the pre-journey, in-flight, and post-journey stages, while airport digitization focuses on pre-flight and post-flight.

By integrating their digitization efforts, hub airlines and airports could offer a single application for an integrated, seamless travel experience across all five travel stages with all manner of services, information, and guidance. The hub airlines and airports could also realize additional revenue and/or reduce costs in three key ways: Optimized operations; targeted marketing and cross-selling; improved decision making. The key challenge with this will be to define the right technology architecture and operating model for the joint digital platform.

Emirates airlines for example has started a “Together” program in collaboration with Dubai customs, police, immigration and airport authorities to use technology and improve travelers experience and make processes such as checking in or baggage drop-off and collection simpler.

4) Joint real estate development and hub operations – There are many opportunities to better coordinate real estate development and operational activities to save money and maximize the use of property. On the development front, airports and hub airlines could develop terminals and airport facilities through joint ventures or concessions to ensure optimal use. They could also coordinate the development of real estate around the airport.

For example, the Al Maktoum International Airport has already put this strategy into action. It helped created Dubai World Central, which has dedication aviation logistics and staff accommodation clusters.

On the operations front, airports and hub airlines could set up a joint slot-coordination team to maximize the use of airport infrastructure and improve airlines’ operational efficiency. They could also set up joint airport operations centers that serve both airports and airlines, lowering costs by eliminating redundancies and repetition of functions such as gate control, ground coordination, emergency centers, and call centers.

Marwan Bejjani, Principal with Startegy& and a member of the engineered products and services practice said: “These four key areas could play a significant role in boosting revenues, lowering costs and enhancing customer experience. The first three areas can help airports and airlines work together more smoothly to improve the customer experience and boost airport commercial sales by 10 to 20 percent and airline commercial sales by more than 50 percent, with relatively little incremental investment.

The fourth area concentrates on how hub airlines and airports can coordinate to improve efficiencies, lower costs, and foster economically dynamic aviation clusters — populated with their ecosystem stakeholders — to compete better in the global travel market of the future. In all of these joint activities, the challenge will be designing a business model with the right profit- and cost-sharing mechanisms and with the right technologies.”

Tarek Khalifa, Manager at Strategy& and member of engineered products and services practice in the Middle East, concluded: “We believe that priority synergies are in sales-channel integration, joint loyalty programs, joint digitization, and collaboration in real estate development and hub operations. By taking their partnership to the next level, airports and airlines can thrive and grow together in the global travel market of the future.” — SG


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Gatwick taking part in weekend-long airport ‘hackathon’

Gatwick hackathon

Gatwick airport is taking part in a 48-hour ‘hackathon’ this weekend,

aimed at encouraging programmers and computer coders to develop ideas for new travel apps.

Organisers Amsterdam Schiphol will be joined by Gatwick, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich and Copenhagen airports at the event in Berlin.

The airports will share flight and waiting time data with developers, who will be challenged to develop ideas for new apps that could improve passengers’ travel experiences.

The {Re}coding event will be divided into four main themes covering different aspects of the airport travel experience – Life before the airport, Life at the airport, Life in between airports and Life after the airport.

Developers will be split into teams, with ideas being presented before a judging panel and prizes being awarded to the winners of each theme.

Commenting on the initiative Schiphol’s innovation manager Christiaan Hen said:

“{Re}coding aviation represents the first time in history that so many international airports have joined forces by opening up access to data for the development of innovative applications.

“The challenges faced by every airport have been made central to the themes, and this ensures that the solutions developed by the participants will be widely applicable.”

Last month Gatwick announced it had installed 2,000 indoor navigation beacons, with the aim of enabling third parties, airlines and the airport itself to develop augmented reality wayfinding tools within their apps.

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ACI Europe Best Airport Award winners for 2017 announced

The 13th Annual ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards were announced last night during the Gala Dinner of the 27th ACI EUROPE General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition, hosted by Groupe ADP.

aci-europe-awards-2017Credit: ACI Europe

This years’ judging panel for the ACI Europe Best Airport Awards was drawn from a well-respected group of independent experts including the European Commission, European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), FlightGlobal and Air & Cosmos. ACI Europe counts over 500 airports in 45 European countries among its membership and this year’s competition saw a high level of entries in the competition in each category.

The Awards cover 4 categories of airport and aims to recognise achievement in core activities such as customer service, facilities, retail, security, community relations and environmental awareness and operations.


The first award, recognising airports in the ‘under 5 million passenger’ category, went to Cork Airport. The judges valued the improvement of the airport facilities and use of innovative technologies (e.g. advanced parking solution, queue measurement system) along with its investments in safety and staff recognition schemes. The airport’s success in attracting new routes, most notably the achievement of securing the first low cost Norwegian transatlantic service and its innovative approach to airlines customer service through the “Coalition of the Willing” initiative, also impressed the jury.

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport was highly commended in this category.


The winner of the ‘5-10 million passenger’ category was Naples International Airport. The judges singled it out for the airport’s excellent combination of smart airport management working with tourism development, recognising the airport as a great economic driver of regional tourism. The judges also appreciated the airport’s significant improvements to the passenger experience.

The highly commended airport in this category was Bristol Airport.


This year’s award in the ‘10-25 million passenger’ category went to Alicante-Elche Airport. The airport has recorded a remarkable performance: its customer service to airlines with incentive schemes and marketing offers made it possible for Alicante-Elche Airport to open 38 new routes and add 9 new airlines. The judges also highlighted the airport’s improvements to its facilities, in particular its efforts to cater to different categories of passengers, such as children and persons with reduced mobility (PRM), and to improve passenger flows at security control areas. In addition, the judges cited the airport’s focus on boosting public transport connections and its improvements in operations, namely in runway safety and advanced tower projects to improve punctuality.

The highly commended airport in this category was Hamburg Airport.


In the category for airports with ‘over 25 million passengers’, this year’s ACI Europe Best Airport Award went to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. The airport won praise from the judges for its outstanding achievements in all domains with particular reference to its excellent strategy to boost the air connectivity between Europe and South America and to the continuous introduction of advanced technical innovations. The judges noted, in particular, the airport’s achievements in safety management as well as improvements in the passenger experience, including monitor queuing times at security checks, live music, art exhibitions and its Personal Shopper Service. Its diverse initiatives on the environment and on community relations that the airport has put in motion also impressed the judges.


The Eco-Innovation Award is adjudicated by the independent Advisory Board of the carbon management programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation, which was launched by ACI Europe in 2009. This Award specifically recognises airports’ outstanding environmental performance, in particular, innovative approaches to environmental management.

This year’s Eco-Innovation Award went to Munich Airport (currently Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3 Optimisation) for its comprehensive and systematic approach to environmental management and sustainability across all its operations and in relation to all its impacts. The jury was impressed by the airport management involvement strategy, including the correlation between management remuneration and sustainability KPIs. The judges also underlined the airport’s cooperation with stakeholders, for instance within the framework of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy Germany (aireg), which promotes the research, production and use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation. Another area of particular innovation that was highly regarded by the jury was the airport’s biodiversity engagement through measures to protect flora and fauna at and around the airport. The airport is also implementing extensive noise and emissions monitoring, including bio-monitoring of air quality.

Budapest Airport was highly commended for this Award.


As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by ACI Europe and the European Disability Forum (EDF) last year, the Accessible Airport Award was also presented. The Accessible Airport Award aims to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers. It is also intended to encourage other airports to continue their work on removing the barriers that people with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility (PRM) can still face when travelling by air.

This year’s Accessible Airport Award, presented by Mr. Albert Prévos, member of the EDF Executive Committee and President of the French Council of Disabled People for European Affairs (CFHE), went to Larnaka International Airport.

The judges considered that the airport stands out for its remarkable accessible friendly initiatives, namely in terms of boarding equipment (e.g. the “Eagle lift” facilitates the boarding of wheelchairs) and in terms of the level of accessibility with regard to check-in machines and E-Gates.

The judges noted that Larnaka International Airport offers interesting additional features, such as sockets for electric wheelchairs, a free parking for 120 minutes and cooperation with Senior Travel Groups that have expertise on PRM accessibility, as well as much improved accessibility features on the airport website.

The judging panel for the Accessible Airport Award was comprised of the European Disability Forum’s Executive Committee members as well as Mr. Herald Ruijters, Director for Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport at the Directorate General for Transport (DG MOVE) European Commission.

Last year’s winner, Dublin Airport was highly commended for the continuing high quality of its accessibility services.


This year, a special ACI Europe HR Excellence Award was created to recognise individuals who have demonstrated excellent leadership and human resources management among the ACI Europe Regular Members. The objective of this new annual award is to give exposure to excellence that will help the airport community to better assess and implement the new procedures and skills needed to develop the industry’s workforce, looking at the various challenges facing HR Directors and airport leaders, such as mobility, succession planning, training, well-being and digitalisation.

The HR Excellence Award went to Paula Stannett, HR Director at Heathrow Airport, for her demonstrated excellence in human resources and her leadership acumen. Paula was also honoured for investing heavily in increasing staff engagement to positively transform the workplace culture. In this regard, the judge emphasised the focus of Heathrow’s ‘’MOJO” initiative on catering to employees’ needs and helping them fulfil their potential while inspiring their peers to champion change and efficient service delivery.

Vikki Gledhill, Reward Business Partner at Manchester Airport Group (MAG), was highly commended for this Award.


The World Business Partner Recognition Award went to Catherine Mayer, Vice President SITA, in recognition of her long-lasting membership service marked by passionate dedication and exceptional commitment to increasing synergies across the airport industry and promoting an innovative, digitalised era for air travellers. Her vast expertise together with her charismatic participation in ACI activities have successfully contributed to leveraging the profile and impact of airports.

The awards were presented to the winners by Filip Cornelis, Acting Director, Air Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission, Salvatore Sciacchitano, Executive Secretary European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE, Angela Gittens, Director General ACI World, Augustin de Romanet, outgoing President ACI EUROPE and Chairman & CEO Aéroports de Paris S.A.-Groupe ADP, Mr. Albert Prévos, member of the EDF Executive Committee and President of the French Council of Disabled People for European Affairs (CFHE) and Olivier Clark, Senior Reporter FlightGlobal.

The 28th ACI Europe General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition will be hosted by Brussels Airport and will take place in Brussels on 18-20 June 2018.

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