The UK based consultancy, Skytrax, which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site, voted Singapore’s Changi International Airport as world’s best for past six years. This second-busiest international airport of Asia has built an entire terminal to help test the technologically advanced airports.
First of all, it should be noted that the focus is to reduce the manual functions as future airports would not include human officials, except one customs officer. Here, in Singapore, as the plane joins the long line to land, the activities are monitored, detected and identified by cameras and technology that bypass the traditional control tower.
The future airport facilities in Singapore will include a gate with leaser and camera that will be guided the passengers to disembark. There will be automated vehicles below unload baggage that will be responsible for delivering robot-packed meals or processing cargo.
Before collecting the luggage, which baggage bots will deliver to the carousel, passengers have to go to the automated immigration turnstiles for face scanning and providing thumbprints. Then the passengers will meet the only human available at the airport premises, the customs official and under their supervision, they will board a driverless airport taxi.