Airport transformations to look forward to in 2020

by Traveleads | February 4, 2020 | Latest News On The Ground

The start of a new decade is the perfect time to have a sneak peek at the renovations we can expect to see across the travel industry – join us as we explore what’s new for the year ahead.

First up, we have airport transformations to look forward to in 2020. With ever-increasing passenger numbers and the growing importance of creating landmark structures which seamlessly weave into their surroundings, architects and designers are challenged with redesigning current airport concepts and the overall journey through the airport.

Manchester Airport (first phase – July 2020)

Currently undergoing a £1 billion transformation, Manchester Airport is treating passengers to significant enhancements to current facilities and major improvements to customer experience.

Features currently in progress:

  • An 83 square meter digital screen in the new extension providing entertainment and information to passengers
  • New retailers plus new food and beverage outlets including San Carlo Cicchetti, Pot Kettle Black, Archie’s and Barburrito
  • Honeycomb light installation – with 16 million settings, it will change colours depending on the time of day

These improvements will be available to enjoy from July alongside a brand-new security hall, departure lounge, immigration hall, arrivals hall and a new bus gate lounge open to passengers. These new additions should significantly support passenger flow and create a seamless experience for travellers.

Later phases include the construction of new check-in stands and baggage systems, adding new levels of efficiency. A second security hall will also be added with next-generation CT scanners installed – so you’ll soon be able to leave liquids and electrical items in their bags.

Salt Lake City International Airport (September 2020)

Airport Transformations 2020 - Salt Lake City Airport
Courtesy of Salt Lake City International Airport

Last year we saw the opening of Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore which is currently rated the ‘World’s Best Airport’ voted for by customers and reported by SkyTrax.

This year, we think SLC Airport could be a contender. As the closest commercial airport for more than two million people, the $3.6-billion state-of-the-art renovations taking place are fundamental to developing a fit-for-future contemporary airport hub.

The new Utah Transit Authority TRAX station located at the South Concourse terminal will give guests easy access to downtown Salt Lake in just 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the ambitious redesign plan also includes everything from a six-mile-long baggage claim to a parking garage the size of three football fields.

With a stylish new Meeter-Greeter room, awaiting the arrival of a colleague or business partner has been transformed into a whole new experience. Complete with a fireplace and easy-to-access restaurant just across the way, you’ll find yourself refreshed and in great comfort – ready to take on your next endeavour.

If you’re planning to stay a little while longer in the airport for meetings or connecting flights, take a moment to admire the stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains through the magnificent 45-foot floor to ceiling glass window and appreciate the specially curated light, open spaces and artwork installations.

Berlin Brandenberg Airport (October 2020)

Airport Transformations 2020 - Berlin Brandenberg
© Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH / Günter Wicker

Following nine years of delays and complications, officials have announced that Berlin Brandenberg Airport  will finally open to the public on October 31st 2020.

The bold new structure is projected annual passenger numbers of 34 million making it the third busiest airport in Germany.

So, what do we know about the new airport which has been nearly a decade in the making? The airport is currently known to house a statement glass entrance, a terminal building totalling six floors and, with the expectation that one in two travellers will come to the airport via public transport, a large six track high-speed underground railway station. Sounds impressive, but with many features still under wraps, we’re eager for them to reveal more of what’s to come.

With airports continually researching new ways to enhance your experience and offering more facilities, getting to the airport early now doesn’t seem so bad! We’re looking forward to seeing these ideas come to life.

If you’ve enjoyed this insight into our airport outlook for the year ahead, stay tuned for our future articles where we’ll be exploring the most anticipated hotel openings for 2020 and the travel technology that is on the rise.

What developments in travel are you most looking forward to this year? Tweet us at @TraveleadsUK, we’d love to know!

Header image credit – Plaza rendering, courtesy of Salt Lake City International Airport

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