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Towards airport passenger experience models

By Vesna Popovic, Ben Kraal and Philip J. Kirk


This paper reports on the study of passenger experiences and how passengers interact with services, technology and processes at an airport. As part of our research, we have followed people through the airport from check-in to security and from security to boarding. Data was collected by approaching passengers in the departures concourse of the airport and asking for their consent to be videotaped. Data was collected and coded and the analysis focused on both discretionary and process related passenger activities. Our findings show the interdependence between activities and passenger experiences. Within all activities, passengers interact with processes, domain dependent technology, services, personnel and artifacts. These levels of interaction impact on passenger experiences and are interdependent. The emerging taxonomy of activities consists of (i) ownership related activities, (ii) group activities, (iii) individual activities (such as activities at the domain interfaces) and (iv) concurrent activities. This classification is contributing to the development of descriptive models of passenger experiences and how these activities affect the facilitation and design of future airports

Topics: 120300 DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT, 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience, design, passenger experience
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:38095

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