New airport technologies continue to crop up that help support more intuitive passenger processing, a more contactless passenger journey, and a more connected aviation ecosystem that allows for data analytics to be leveraged across all areas of airport operations. These efforts are imperative as aviation professionals work towards rebuilding passenger confidence and accounting for more salient health and safety concerns.

Connected Aviation Today captured a few stories across the airport landscape that capture how airport decision-makers are taking control of their recovery. Here’s what happening across the space:

Pittsburgh Airport Ready to Start $1.1B Terminal Upgrade Project

After nearly a year-long delay, the Pittsburgh Airport is beginning its $1.1B terminal upgrade this spring, complete with a more comprehensive approach to public health in light of the pandemic. According to The Business Journal, “The concept includes separate levels for departing and arriving passengers, technological improvements and more automated systems, additional space for concessions, artwork, and other amenities, and an emphasis on sustainability.”

While the need to delay the project was due to the pandemic and was not ideal, the opportunity to reflect on the project plans and adjust them to better accommodate passenger health concerns and boost their confidence in travel again could help the airport in its recovery process. Adjusting approaches to passenger processing through the use of technology is likely to become a widely adopted strategy across the travel industry as it recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

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CVG Airport and Miami University Agree to New Management for the Operation of Miami University Airport (OXD)

It was recently announced that the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) finalized an agreement with Miami University Airport (OXD) regarding the management and operation of the facility. While Miami University will continue to own the airport and the 300 acres it’s located on, CVG will become responsible for its management and operation. This offers the opportunity for CVG to implement a cloud-based approach to the airport’s operations, much like what is currently employed at CVG.

“Over the last several years, the CVG team has been focused on growing and diversifying the airport business,” said Candace McGraw, CEO of CVG, in a recent press release. “CVG will bring our airport business know-how to handle the day-to-day affairs of OXD. Our staff will learn a great deal about general aviation airport management that will complement our core business of owning and operating CVG Airport.”

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Improving Airport Passenger Processing in a Post-COVID Market

Recently, Connected Aviation Today spoke with Augusto Santos, Managing Director, Airports Systems Sales for the Americas Region at Collins Aerospace, about shifts in approaches to passenger processing as a result of the pandemic. He spoke to challenges currently facing airport decision-makers, emerging technologies that are conducive to a more contactless passenger journey, and how airport operations managers are strategizing on the most effective ways to make passengers feel confident about traveling again.

“For many airports right now, the space they currently have available for passenger processing is not enough when you’re adding six feet between each person and taking extra time to check their temperatures before sending them to the next leg of their journey,” noted Santos. “Of course, these procedures are necessary right now, but that’s why more remote and automated check-in processes are crucial to mitigating passenger congestion as much as possible.”

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Companies to Test COVID-19 Health, Safety Concepts at SD Airport’s Innovation Lab

According to a recent Times of San Diego article, the San Diego International Airport has invited six companies to their Innovation Lab to test out health and safety concepts to improve traveler protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the concepts being explored include indoor crowd analytics, touchless check-in kiosks, and sanitary covers for cabin seat backs and tray tables.

“COVID forced airports around the world to re-evaluate health and safety protocols to mitigate spreading the virus,” said Rick Belliotti, Airport Director of Customer Experience and Innovation. “We recruited companies that offer viable solutions to reducing passenger contact with high-touch points and effectively managing social distancing. This is an exceptional batch of innovators and we are already extremely impressed with their ideas that have the potential to shape the future airport customer experience.”

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