Billund Airport has used BlipTrack technology at their security area to measure queue and dwell times. Now, the airport, which is Denmark´s second largest, has expanded this platform to provide visibility on how passengers move through and use the entire airport.
The expansion enables the airport to retrieve live information about passenger patterns, including walking routes, entrance and exit usage, and time spent in specific areas, like the car park, check-in, security and concession area.
The patterns can be averaged over a day, a week, a month, as well as a specific time of day, a specific holiday, etc. Ultimately, this enhances the understanding of how disruptions or changes affect standard behaviour and enables the airport to optimise the operations in areas of interest. The airport will also be able to add value to existing facilities and make new investments to unlock new business opportunities.
In addition, Billund Airport will be able to use the data to encourage passengers to spend more time in the concession areas, effectively maximising non-aviation revenue, minimising operational changes impact to the passenger flow, and boost the passenger experience.
As the platform collects data in real time, it is also able to provide early warning about potential congestion. This rapid information will allow the airport to take fast, proactive measures before the situation escalates.
“The basic requirements for happy passengers are easy parking and check-in, speedy security processing, and comfort while waiting in airport terminals. These factors can make or break a passenger’s airport experience and strongly influence how much money they spend in the concession areas. Handling passenger flow smoothly and efficiently is key to the success of an airport and its image. To understand and improve individual areas of airport operations, it is important to understand that each area influences another and that the passenger’s journey is seen as a single process, rather than as a string of isolated events, and is key to unlocking potential gains,” says Preben Fugl Andersen, Sales Manager at BLIP Systems.