Faro Airport will be able to offer passengers a new biometric technological solution later this year. “Biometric Experience” is an innovation project supported by the European Union through the NextGenerationEU program. According to VINCI Airports and ANA-Aeroportos de Portugal, which has been managing 10 airports in Portugal (including Faro) as part of VINCI’s network since 2013, the project focuses on the application of technology to improve the quality of service at Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira and Ponta Delgada airports.
It was launched at the beginning of the year at Lisbon and Porto airports, and in the second half of 2024 the technological solution will be available in Faro, Madeira and Ponta Delgada.
The first tests are being carried out with TAP Air Portugal passengers on departures from Lisbon and Porto airports, on flights previously selected by the company in Europe’s Schengen area. In a second phase, other airlines and more destinations will be added, including additional European flights.
Passengers who are included in the test flights and are eligible (only passengers of legal age can use biometric data) are invited to participate by registering in advance on their mobile device using the “Biometric Experience by VINCI Airports” app (available on IOS and Android).
Alternatively, they can register at a device available for this purpose at the airport, located at check-in, in the public area for departures in Lisbon and Porto, or next to the boarding gates for passengers transferring between flights.
To register in the app or at the kiosk, you simply need to photograph/scan your boarding pass, electronic passport or Portuguese nationality card and take a selfie, accepting the terms and conditions.
“You will then have a smoother and faster boarding experience by having your biometric data scanned, without having to present your boarding pass again. The process simplifies the journey for the passenger, who gains free time, in a paperless and contactless journey, with a total guarantee of confidentiality, since the data is deleted after the flight departs.”