October 8, 2015 -
CAPA Centre for Aviation announced at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Helsinki, Finland that it has named Vancouver Airport Authority’s BorderXpress self-service border solution the 2015 Airport Innovation of the Year.
The annual Aviation Awards of Excellence recognizes airlines and airports that demonstrate strategic industry leadership amidst changing industry conditions.
Award candidates are shortlisted by the CAPA team of analysts and aviation partners, and then reviewed by a panel of judges.
A new category for 2015, the airport innovation award is given to the airport or IT supplier with the most effective IT innovation in the airport sector.
First introduced at YVR’s own U.S. pre-clearance facility in May 2013, BorderXpress kiosks automate and accelerate the customs declaration process by up to 89 percent, with no pre-registration or cost to passengers.
The machines increased efficiency, reduces wait times, alleviates congestion and speeds up customs processing times for travellers.
Currently, more than 700 BorderXpress kiosks have been deployed at 25 airports throughout North America and the Caribbean, which have helped more than 50 million passengers safely and quickly clear the border.
“To achieve this prestigious honour from CAPA is both an honour and a tremendous endorsement of YVR’s commitment to innovation, one of our core values,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “Through technologies such as BorderXpress, we are taking an active role in improving the global travel experience, and we look forward to building on YVR’s longstanding foundation of innovation.”
Previously reported, Vancouver Airport Authority announced that its BorderXpress kiosks in use at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) have expanded its visa processing capabilities and will soon introduce a new facial recognition technology feature.