Extra features drive seating market

05 October 2017
Flite installation at Guangzhou International Airport, China. Source: OMK

The airport seating sector is adapting to meet the demands of a new generation of travellers

The airport seating market is diversifying with a number of new types emerging as manufacturers adapt to changing passenger requirements. Some requirements in this demanding public environment remain the same: airport seating must be hard-wearing, and easy to clean, repair, and replace as needed. Yet, there is also an increasing requirement for additional features such as mobile device charging points and power sockets. The need to use more environmentally friendly materials is another market driver.In-seat power is a major priority for the modern passenger waiting in the  airport terminal. (Arconas)In-seat power is a major priority for the modern passenger waiting in the airport terminal. (Arconas)

“With airport seating, there is a high demand from passengers for accessories – from cup holders, to footrests, to at-seat power outlets,” remarked Lynn Gordon, vice-president of airport solutions at Canadian public seating supplier Arconas. “This is partly due to the nature of travel and the large amount of time passengers spend waiting. There is also a demand to have a varied offering of furniture for diverse passenger needs.

“Options need to go beyond just a uniform configuration and include a mix of products in the hold room,” she added. “More curved, clustered, and organically shaped layouts offer additional personal space for increased utilisation. With the longer wait periods, passengers also demand the ability to charge their personal electronics. That’s why Arconas offers seating options with individual power outlets at each seat.”

The Arconas range of airport furniture includes tandem and soft seating, benches, power, outdoor furniture, waste and recycling bins, and modular counter systems. The company's best-selling tandem seating ranges for airports are the Place, Bernù, Aero, and Flyaway lines.

Major US international airport installations this year include Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston Logan, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale, and San Francisco. Illustrating the trend for additional features, Gordon reveals Arconas installed 4,000 of its Place seats at Orlando in 2017, with each unit including a drinks holder and power point.

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