Industry News 4 July
New SkyTeam lounges
The SkyTeam airline alliance is hoping to open its first airport lounge in Australia in late 2013. The lounge at Sydney International Airport is currently in development and will serve all member airlines offering flights into Sydney. Meanwhile, the alliance has already opened a new lounge at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport for Elite Plus, first and business class passengers flying on any on the alliance's 10 member airlines that serve Istanbul.
Plans are being developed to expand automated customs processing. Smart-Gates are currently available to those arriving into the country with Australian or New Zealand smart-chip passports, but the government is hoping to extend this to include those with US, UK and Chinese passports in the future. Automated departure processing is also being evaluated, along with the use of next generation e-Gates and mobile e-Gates.