Last year at Global Media Day, we said we were about to launch a new initiative on the ‘Airport of the Future’. We are now pleased to provide you with an update on this work, the concepts defined, the growing industry momentum being created and the work to come. And as you’ll note we have a new name for the overall concept – NEXTT that is New Experience Travel Technologies. As what we are doing is not just looking at the transformation of airports, we are looking at transformation of the complete ground journey for all the elements that currently move through the airport – the passenger, the baggage cargo and of course the aircraft. Airport transport is not just about the flight – it’s about the complete journey from home to end destination and back home again, or from cargo dispatcher to end recipient.
Before we explain NEXTT, let’s recap on a couple of figures - very quickly. This is in effect the problem statement. Our forecasts predict there will be 7.2 billion passengers per annum by 2035, which is nearly 100% more than travelling today. Naturally, we wish to ensure that all those who need and wish to travel can do so. Similarly, the cargo industry needs to prepare to support growth expectations: It is anticipated that by 2035, there will be 70% more freighters flying, which is over 3000 cargo aircraft. We not only need to serve an increasing volumes but these passengers and cargo customers are, rightly, becoming increasingly impatient and have more demanding expectations of the level of service they should receive. Are we able to accommodate this if we continue on the same path of infrastructure build as today?
When we look at the top 100 airports, by passenger volume, we see nearly all airports will need some sort of major infrastructure project within the next decade. But can we built infrastructure fast enough to meet the capacity demand – remembering the issues related to planning approval and the costs or complexity of building ever bigger and bigger airports. Are the airports, when developing their infrastructure plans, really making the best use of technology advancements and advanced processes? We need a new way of looking at providing capacity - we need to ensure we make the best use of technology and advanced processes and then building the necessary infrastructure around that – not the other way round as is largely done today. And that’s why we in IATA are coordinating an industry effort to help determine how the airport experience may change in the future and how indeed the overall journey to and from airport will change to meet technology innovation and customer expectations Once again, air transport is not just about the flight – it’s about the complete journey - home to destination
So what do we see happening in the future … I’d like to run a short video to introduce you to the collaborate effort IATA is undertaking.
Click to watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SonBCZRAwuk NEXTT - Let's build the journey of the future A collaboration between IATA & ACI, NEXTT (New Experience Travel Technologies) aims to develop a common vision to enhance the transport experience for passengers and shippers that will guide industry investments and help governments evolve regulatory framework.
So NEXTT is the program we’ve launched… and you’ll all be hearing much more about this in 2018 so please look out for this. As you can see we are partnering with Airports Council International on this and we already have a number of key airports already supporting the activity through their initiatives - Dubai airports, London Heathrow airport, Bangalore airport, Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Shenzhen airport. And we also have a number of other, technology providers, innovators and consultants who are very keen to join. Now let’s hear more about the NEXTT themes and concepts.
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