Airports increasingly utilise common use systems for efficiency and ease of use, for employees and passengers like. These systems involve using the same equipment regardless of airline, whereas historically each airline would have their own designated check in desks and technical systems. With common use equipment, some (or all) airlines share this equipment. CUPPS (Common Use Passenger Processing Systems) was developed as a global standard to progress the use of this technology.
In our work with constrained airports worldwide we increasingly recommend common use systems to improve efficiency and increase capacity, using the CUPPS standard to ensure integrity and useability.