Nothing brings out the crowds like a big international sporting event and no sporting event is bigger than the granddaddy of all athletic competitions – the International Games that are held every four years. The International Committee just announced that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Games and Los Angeles will host the Summer Games in 2028.
Preparation for the 2020 Games in Tokyo are already well underway. Included are major upgrades to Japanese airports to accommodate the hundreds-of-thousands of spectators who will flock to the Games. These improvements will benefit Japan and its ambitious plan to grow the international tourism industry for decades to come.
International airports in Paris and Los Angeles will likely follow suit in the years ahead as major airports in every corner of the planet look for ways to improve efficiency and increase capacity. This is done to meet passenger demand that continues to grow by leaps and bounds – especially in the developing world. According to Boeing, air traffic will grow almost 5 percent per year over the next two decades, putting enormous strain on airport infrastructure.
As they focus on improving safety, efficiency and capacity, more and more airports are turning to Honeywell for help. We have more than a century of experience in commercial aviation and airports. Our smart airport technologies improve the air travel experience from the moment passengers arrive on airport property to the instant their flight touches down at its final destination.
Honeywell building controls keep airport terminals comfortable. Our security, fire and life-safety solutions keep travelers from harm. Our passenger check-in and ticketing systems make travel more efficient. And our advanced aerospace products, services and software solutions make flying in a commercial airplane safe, efficient and comfortable.
We’re famous for the high-tech solutions that equip the today’s modern jetliners – Connected Aircraft solutions, hazard-avoidance systems, weather radar, flight management systems, navigation systems, auxiliary power units and the rest. But we also provide advanced airport solutions that improve safety and help airports manage traffic on the runway and in the airspace around the airport.
Examples include our SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), which uses GPS data to help pilots land safely, even in low-visibility conditions, and the SmartLanding and SmartRunway technologies that reduce the risk of collisions on runways and taxiways. Our Connected Aircraft solutions are improving communications between the air and ground and are helping airlines improve their on-time performance – making the flying experience better for everyone.
As Tokyo, Paris and LA get ready to play host to the world and deliver a gold-medal performance, they recognize that their airports are a front door that can help welcome visitors – provided they’re safe, efficient and comfortable. At Honeywell we’ve been training for more than a century to be their teammate.