Behind The Scenes – What Goes On At The Airport When You’re Not Looking

by Melissa Adams

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As someone who spends most of their time travelling from one place to the other, I’ve grown interested in more than just the places you go. The travel industry is another part of travelling that’s started to become all the more fascinating. Particularly when it comes to airports. They’re essentially mini-cities. Size-wise, there are plenty of towns smaller than some of the world’s biggest cities. But the process of how the flights actually work is just as interesting. What goes on behind the scenes at the airport? How do they make such a great achievement as flight so convenient and consistent?

Your location

The location of an airport actually plays a huge factor. It’s not just about finding enough space, but about finding the right spaces. All kinds of factors play into why an airport is where it is. Did you most airports weren’t built on empty land but demanded that existing infrastructure be changed for it? Altitude and topography play a big part, particularly in getting enough of a runway. Add to that the fears of environmental impact involved and it’s no wonder so much planning and negotiations involved.

Your luggage

Over ninety-nine percent of all bags make their journey successfully and on time. But what’s the journey luggage takes when you leave it alone? This video is a pretty fascinating look at the processes your bags go through. Look at all those conveyors and chutes make us glad we have a much less bumpy ride.

Keeping you in the sky

Looking at all the different parts that make up the business that keeps you in the air, it becomes clear that it’s not just one industry. Rather, it’s a whole series of them working together to make the miracle of flight an everyday reality.  From aircraft refuelers that run a whole system of transporting and supplying fuel to maintaining runways. It’s a complicated network of systems all working in tandem to keep us in the air.

You and other planes

One of the most complicated of those systems has to be air traffic control. It’s a simple concept, a network of people ensuring that flight paths are clear and runways free to land. Yet taking a closer look shows you what looks to be one of the most stressful jobs possible. With set pathways in the sky and boundaries, it really is like monitoring traffic. Take into account that there are rough fifty thousand flights a day and you can just imagine how hectic it can be.

Your money

We’re always looking for ways to save up on flights. But did you know that your spending is taken well into account in how the airport’s designed, as well? Big art pieces are designed not just to welcome you but to redirect you towards the retail services. Comfort and relaxation are so catered for because it’s been proven relaxed visitors spend more than usual. Much like a small city, airports have their own economy and their ways of capitalising on visitors.

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