Despite historic lows last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is an expectation that, thanks to the rollout of vaccines, airports will be roaring back again. With the remaining time that you have as an airport manager however, now might be the time to think about ways that you can improve efficiency. This is especially true when considering that additional coronavirus checks will cause a backlog when it comes to queuing times. In order to make sure that you can process as many people in the shortest space of time while prioritizing safety, here are five key ways to increase airport efficiency. Read on now in order to learn all about it.
Update Your Conveyor Belts
When it comes to processing luggage, the speed of your conveyor belts as well as their fail rate will have a significant impact on the speed of your passengers getting both on and off planes. Take a look at the different conveyor belts that are installed in your airport and make sure that they are working to the best of their ability. If they are not good enough, then it might make sense to simply replace them. While it will cost you a fair bit of money, the improved efficiency will help you more in the long run.
Digital Boarding Passes
Digitization must be embraced when it comes to boarding planes, with people using the power of their smartphones to save on paper and costly check-in times. It is imperative that people are able to check in online and then when they reach the airport all they have to do is scan their digital boarding pass when they arrive. You can also invest in speedy check-ins so people can have the option to pay extra for quicker check-in, thus reducing queues and improving your bottom line. Just make sure that people are actually using the check-in otherwise it simply makes the queues for the regular check-ins longer.
Full Body Scanners
When scanning people at security controls, it’s worth investing in high-tech 3D body scanners. The reason for doing this is that they have a higher level of accuracy than traditional scanners, meaning that if something is picked up, it doesn’t require many additional checks. By investing in this equipment, you will be surprised by how quickly people can be processed through security screenings.
Whether its a particular check-in desk, security queue or boarding gate, it is rather inevitable that bottlenecks can occur. That’s why you should be as aware of possible about the different types of bottlenecks that occur in your airport and be sure to make adjustments that can reduce their likelihood.
Smart Staff Management
Delays, like the recent ones in Heathrow near London, often occur because there simply isn’t enough staff available on the day to deal with a massive onrush of people. That’s why you should use a staff management system that makes sure that you can have enough people to work for you on any given day.