It is common knowledge that airports do not posses any ‘mouth’, but what does it mean by a ‘silent airport’? How does an airport loses its ability to speak, when it has never spoken before?

Silence Speaks Volumes

If you are a frequent traveller, then you’re probably used to the chimes in the airports. Aside from the hustle and bustle of other travellers, airports would always have announcements like the infamous last call for passengers for every flights. For some, the sound brings fond memories. But for others, it may be a distraction. Nonetheless, it is about to change.

As of recent, many international airports have participated in the Silent Airport movement. The campaign aims to reduce the announcements made. This means that the participating airports will no longer conduct public paging for passengers and boarding call announcements.

But…why?

The Silent Airport is done in an effort to reduce noise pollution. Not only that, some travellers who just want to rest while waiting for their next flight are disturbed by the commotion. By participating in the Silent Airport movement, travellers will have a more relaxing experience in the airport.

Besides that, the movement provides for a platform the digital era to prosper. As we move forward in our lives, the technology industry is advancing by leaps and bounds.

When the Silent Airport policy is adopted, it will encourage travellers to make use of the digital boards available everywhere in the airport hence making the airport experience more interactive.

The Participating Airports

As of 1 December 2018, both Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) have adopted the policy. KLIA and KLIA2 have joined other international airports around the world which include The London City Airport, Helsinki Airport, Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, Chennai Airport, Changing Airport and Cape Town International Airport, in the Silent Airport movement.

Text by Imran Sukri

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