The concept of common use in airports has been around for several decades, but it has evolved significantly over time as technology and the aviation industry have changed.
The first airport to implement a common use system was Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the 1960s. At the time, LAX was experiencing significant growth in air traffic and did not have enough space to accommodate all the airlines that wanted to operate there. To address this issue, LAX implemented a common use system that allowed airlines to share terminal facilities and infrastructure.
Over time, the concept of common use spread to other airports around the world, driven in part by the growing need for cost savings and efficiency in the aviation industry. In the 1980s and 1990s, airports began to develop more sophisticated common use systems, using technology such as computerized reservation and check-in systems to facilitate shared use of infrastructure.
In the 2000s and 2010s, the trend towards common use continued to accelerate, with airports investing in advanced technologies such as self-service kiosks, automated baggage handling systems, and digital platforms to manage gate assignments and baggage handling. These technologies have made it easier for airports to facilitate common use while also improving efficiency and the passenger experience.