New tech to speed up airport

Queenstown Airport will become the first in the world to use fully integrated, self-service technology which aims to reduce terminal congestion by up to 60%.

The airport has enlisted Melbourne-based Elenium Automation to provide the end-to-end product, expected to be operational by the end of October.

New equipment includes technology changes to eight boarding gates, installation of three common-use, self-service, check-in ''pods'', featuring 15 Elenium kiosks, 12 common-use ''drop counters'' and a state-of-the-art, self-service bag drop which could read a bag tag barcode in 70 milliseconds, irrespective of bag placement, with a 97% success rate.

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