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Thursday, January 03, 2008

The day I learned about British airports

It was back in the year 2000 when the WAP technology was still at its bleeding stage and Bluetooth was only available in a few communication labs.

I was working throughout a weekend preparing a live demo of an airport community portal accessed via WAP phones. We were showcasing the solution to a couple of IT decision makers from BAA. The portal application we built for the demo was mainly for travelers who need to get instant information such as latest flight schedule, check-in counters, gates, lounges and baggage carousels.

Upon completing the half an hour demo, the feedback we received from BAA was such an eye opener. It seemed that the airport community (which consists of people such as the travelers, airport operators, duty free shops’ concessionaires and other airport retailers) had a bigger IT requirement than what we have assumed. It was not a surprise anymore after we learned the facts and statistics about the 4 major British airports.

The biggest and busiest British airport, London Heathrow alone is used by more than 90 airlines with 67 million annual passengers. The second largest is Gatwick Airport that handles over 34 million passengers a year with more than 250,000 aircraft movements. The third largest airport serving London area is London Standsted airport which handles many European low-cost airlines. Manchester airport is the fourth busiest airport which handles more 230,000 aircraft movements a year.

One of the constructive comments we received that day was the biggest value add any IT solution provider could provide is to integrate the airport community portal application with the airport hotels. These are the most sought after cheap accommodations for many of the passengers. Travelers who happened to be backpackers, on business trips, in a large group or in a long flight transit should be able to find the hotel information easily and can even make last minute booking. Online checking in to the nearby airport hotels should be hassle free if the function is available from the airport portal.

Well, that was almost 8 years ago. Today the airport hotel information can be accessed by travelers from any device that supports internet browsing. They can plan the stay way ahead or do it on the last minute. Airports like London Heathrow, Gatwick, Standsted and Manchester are expanding and getting busier each year. Airport hotels that are within the vicinity with attractive room rates will remain the best choice for most travelers.

12 comments:

hanazie wc said...

hmmm.. mula2 aku ingat kau dah sewel kot tulis lain macam je.. then *ting*.. blogvertise assigment rupenye. hahaha!

tell me what i need to do to help you make money.. kene click semua link tu ke?

nanti makcik dah kayo kena belanja aku, wokeh.

john f seademon said...

Hmm..and this reminds me of the time I had my first PC. It only had 16K RAM on it back in 1982.

D.N.A.S said...

Hana,
aku punya blog ni aku letak dalam category Technology and Gadget.... hahahaha. Maka, akupun dapatle assignment macam ni. Click satu link pun dah kira ok. Tengkiu for the support.

SD,
when I first learned computer, I had to boot it from a floppy disk.... everytime.

john f seademon said...

Kekeke..I remember those, but they were at least 128Kb machines already I think...circa late 80's early 90's.

We had to use cassette players. Imagine if there's a kink in the tape, only after half an hour it will show prog loading error message. Then it's back to square one.

D.N.A.S said...

SD,
Hmmm... computers booting from cassette players. I could visualize some scenes from the old James Bond movies and Star Trek. Hehehe.

Jade said...

and i thought you missed those days in excebix! hehe..

emi said...

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D.N.A.S said...

Jade,
i missed the BAA decision makers. They're really cool.

Emi,
Hahahaha.... seperti pernah kudengar, tapi di mana ya?
I could still remember ada orang tu kata nak resign, jadi full time housewife sebab tak tahan asyik kena betulkan user registration module. Siapakah orang itu, ye? Hehe.

dillazag said...

Saya dah click! Saya dah click!
Happy new year kak dayang!

Azer Mantessa said...

interesting links :-)

wifey is looking forward for any info-link (travelling thing) to turkeministan, china, vietnam, dubai, india and indonesia ... shud you have anything ... that will be great ... pls do inform me shud there is any ... tq

emi said...

(sambil angkat tangan)
me!me!
tapi x kawen-kawen laginya kak dayang oiii...kekekkek

D.N.A.S said...

Dilla,
happy belated birthday!!!!

Azer,
if I receive task to write about travel destinations, I'll alert you.

emi,
oh awak rupanya... hehehehe. Kalau kawin, jangan lupa jemput, ok.