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Melbourne Airport Automates Gates For Even Speedier Travel

  • 2 min read

Melbourne Airport has added a self-boarding gate as part of an ongoing program reviewing and implementing service modernisation which will make getting from curb to cabin at Melbourne faster and easier.

At the new automated gate, passengers can simply scan their boarding pass to board the aircraft. Automated gates are becoming more common at airports around the world–even if manned by a gate agent to oversee the process–because they speed up passenger processing and accuracy, and they also appeal to today’s strong passenger preference for self-service technology.

SITA Passenger Survey, man using smartphone on Airplane. Source: SITA, Getty Images.

What Kind of Traveller Are You Really? Take the SITA Quiz

  • 5 min read

Travellers don’t like dealing with people. That’s the conclusion of SITA’s latest Passenger Survey revealed during the Air Transport IT Summit this year.

Instead, most travellers are happiest using technology, but how passengers respond to the various self-service travel services available depends on the individual passenger type. SITA has put its Passenger Quiz on-line. Take it and find out what category you fall under.

Video Still: Google Presentation on the Future of Travel Search, Presentation by Marcin Brodziak © FCMedia 2016

Exclusive Video: Google’s Conversational Travel Assistant Demo Heralds Dawn of AI Travel Search

  • 4 min read

The last afternoon session of this year’s SITA ATIS2016 rewarded all who hung out to see the event through with a mind-blowing demonstration of Google’s new Travel Assistant Demo.

I apologise in advance that the audio might be a little hard to follow, and I recommend viewing the video in full screen mode so that you can better see the projections from Marci Brodziak’s smartphone.

I felt it was still worth sharing because this was only the second time Google has ever demonstrated the full functionality of its new travel search Assistant which will go live this summer.

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