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Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions have had a huge impact on Australian retail in recent months and soon pre-paid travel cards holders could be benefitting from the technology by having their airport check-in experience streamlined.

Australian airline Qantas is already testing NFC solutions with its frequent fliers and Japan Airlines is considering adopting NFC-based mobile boarding passes later this year.

Speaking to Reuters, Renaud Irminger, a director at air transport communications and IT solutions provider SITA, said: "Technology is joining the dots by giving passengers the opportunity to 'automate' their way through the airport touch points."

In a recent survey conducted by SITA, almost 80 per cent of the world's top 50 airlines – including Qantas – are planning on deploying NFC check-in solutions by 2014.

However, support on the ground at airports themselves, is much less strong, with just 27 per cent aiming to introduce NFC in the same timeframe.

NFC could be a great way for Australian airports to deal with rising traveller numbers. Despite lacklustre domestic travel, the country has experienced a huge increase in international holidaymakers arriving at its airports.

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