As we embark on a new year, let’s explore the top developments anticipated in the aviation industry in 2023. With global airport expansion plans gaining momentum, increased investment in infrastructure is expected to boost capacity and enhance operations, paving the way for a future-ready industry.
2022 witnessed a surge in demand that exerted pressure and resurfaced pre-pandemic challenges. As future-proofing takes center stage again, we examine four crucial trends set to shape the industry in 2023.
1. Growing demand as passenger confidence rebounds
Passenger confidence started to improve in 2022, thanks to easing restrictions, leading to more people taking to the skies. Airports reported increased traffic from the second quarter, and as 2023 kicks off, there are high hopes of catching up to 2019 levels.
This trend is likely to persist worldwide, but it also brings back familiar challenges. Airports and carriers must address the urgent need to enhance operational performance and improve services. The aviation industry will be holding its breath as 2023 unfolds.
2. Renewed emphasis on passenger experience
Enhancing passenger experience has always been a top priority, and 2023 is expected to witness further improvements in this area. Complaints, especially in the US, reached record highs in 2022, and the industry is taking notice.
With numerous global airports investing in infrastructure and technology this year, it will be interesting to monitor this trend.
3. Increasing costs for ticketing and other operations
Operational costs are rising for airports worldwide, which has a domino effect on the entire industry. From soaring fuel prices and energy costs to airport fees and long-term contracts, operators require greater flexibility to manage these expenses.
Many airports will likely focus on streamlining operations and efficiently managing resources. As a result, investments in smart technologies and solutions are expected to grow, making this a trend to watch closely in 2023.
4. The emergence of the smart airport
Smart airport solutions are rapidly becoming the industry’s answer to optimizing and streamlining operations while maximizing productivity. These solutions can automate compliance and various core airport processes while also analyzing vital data to predict and tackle challenges before they escalate.
In terms of resource management, smart airports offer the flexibility needed in an industry grappling with recruitment challenges. By automating processes in critical areas like passenger and baggage handling, security, and reconciliation, resource management attains essential scalability – a key requirement for 2023.
Another advantage of implementing smart solutions is their cloud-based infrastructure. Such platforms eliminate the need for dedicated IT resources and significantly reduce physical space requirements. Coupled with energy savings, better utilization of terminal space, and the pay-per-use economic model, this trend is certainly one to watch this year.
A-ICE anticipates an exhilarating year ahead
A-ICE experienced a remarkable year in 2022, with new opportunities worldwide, highly successful exhibitions, demonstrations of our cutting-edge cloud airport suite, and a celebratory milestone anniversary. We look forward to further growth and showcasing Airport-in-Cloud at more of the world’s leading aviation shows in 2023. We hope to see you there.