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New AMBAAR Club lounge opens in Salvador Bahia

Airport Dimensions has opened a new airside AMBAAR Club lounge at Salvador Bahia International Airport as part of its collaboration with AMBAAR Lounge, which opened a landside facility at the Brazilian gateway in October.

Designed to give passengers a last experience of Bahia (the Bay of All Saints) and reflect the sea-facing veranda houses of the town of Trancoso to its south – once a small fishing village but now a major tourist attraction because of its beaches – Airport Dimensions is confident that the new 538sqm addition will “elevate the lounge experience for customers travelling through the airport”.

Nancy Knipp, Airport Dimensions’ president for the Americas, enthused: “Our partnership with AMBAAR has continued to flourish since its inception and our fabulous new space at Salvador Bahia International Airport is a testament to this.

“As we continue to progress and expand further in this important South American market, we’re humbled to be trusted by so many of Brazil’s airports to deliver a high quality, localised experience for their travellers.

“Our goal is to create spaces that highlight local craftsmanship and décor for a truly authentic travel experience that resonates with local travellers as well as those coming to the region for the first time.”

Local inspiration for new Prague Airport shop

The new Future is Local shop in Terminal 2 at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport really does what its name suggests as it is dedicated to local products and promotes almost thirty Czech and Slovak brands.

All items on offer at the store are said to be “produced from quality materials, in a sustainable manner, and with respect to the environment”, with the design of the shop said to reflect the same principles.

“We are happy that, together with Lagardère Travel Retail Czech Republic, we have opened a purely local shop, which is the first of its kind at the airport and promotes a concept unique even on a global scale,” enthuses Jakub Puchalský, member of the Prague Airport Board of Directors.

Items on sale at the shop range from fashion and gift items to natural cosmetics products from brands such as Klara Rott, KAMA, Studio Malíská, Havlík’s Natural Pharmacy and Reparáda.

“The idea on which we have based the whole concept is clear: the future lies in local resources, in other words, in goods, services, materials and, above all, people,” explains CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail Czech Republic, Richard Procházka.

“At Future is Local, we believe in local production, honest craftsmanship, our heritage, and tradition. These are also the criteria by which we select our suppliers. “No brand is anonymous, quite the opposite. The shop is there for everyone who wants to learn more and cares about how, where, and what they buy, and who they support with their purchases.

“Transparency and awareness are an integral part of sustainability. Already from the first customer reactions, we can see how positively they feel about the shop.”

HNTB joins celebrations at completion of Denver’s Gate Expansion Program

Denver International Airport, United Airlines and HNTB have celebrated the completion of the Gate Expansion Program with the opening of 22 new gates spread across Concourses A-West and B-East.

The new additions are being leased by United Airlines and mean that it now has a total of 90 gates at the Colorado gateway, which is one of its largest hubs.

HNTB served as lead designer, architect and engineer for the A-West expansion project, which supports DEN’s Vision 100 strategic plan to serve 100 million annual passengers within the next 10 years by increasing the airport’s overall gate capacity by 30%.

The new A-West Concourse includes 12 gates, 16 hold-rooms and additional support space totalling 530,000 square feet of new space. There are 10,000 square feet of new concessions space, a new outdoor deck with views of the mountains, outdoor seating and fire-pits for ambiance, plus a pet relief area and nursing room for traveller convenience.

HNTB’s principal designer, Tim Cahill, said: “I’m proud to have been involved with this project from the beginning. HNTB’s design — including natural light, improved acoustics, modern restrooms and a variety of seating options – will result in a pleasant passenger experience.”

The HNTB design and construction administration teams included more than 19 sub-consultants and was comprised of a diverse group of businesses that reflected the local community.

New cafés open at Washington National

The Marshall Retail Group, one of the US’s leading specialty retailers in the airport marketplace, has unveiled its latest F&B concept at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport – The Café at DCA.

The company has actually opened two outlets at Washington National (DCA), each located by the north and south security checkpoints in Terminal 2.

“The Café at DCA provides a custom-built amenity for passengers using the new security checkpoints in Terminal 2 at Reagan National,” said Jaimini Erskine, vice president of marketing and concessions for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is also a welcome addition for non-ticketed visitors who now have access to more food and refreshments when dropping off or picking up airport travellers.”

Designed to reflect the classical architecture found around Washington DC with a fresh contemporary twist, The Café at DCA features clean crisp lines and contrasting black and white finishes. An open grid ceiling throughout the spaces adds a feeling of outdoor dining within the building.

“The Café at DCA provides a warm and inviting environment for airport guests to either grab n’ go or sit and relax,” said Toby Keir, CEO of MRG and InMotion.

 WBP profiles


Membership Region: Europe

Type of Business: Handling & Airfield

W: www.acciona.es

ACCIONA Airport Services is an independent handling operator in Spain and Germany. It is present at 12 airports and handles 200 airlines in the cities of Frankfurt, Madrid, Berlin, Hamburg, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Tenerife and Las Palmas.



Membership Region: North America

Type of Business: Retail & Commercial

W: www.aeroterm.com

Aeroterm is a fully integrated real estate firm specialising in the acquisition, development, leasing and operation of aviation-related industrial facilities. With over ten million square feet of building and ramp space under ownership and management and a tenant base of over 150 international companies, Aeroterm is among the largest private owners of ramp-served air cargo facilities in North America.



Membership Region: North America

Type of Business: Planning & Construction

W: www.airportlogistics.org

Bradford Airport Logistics provides dockmaster operations for managing any material freight bound for the airport terminal complex. In conjunction with an airport material information system, dockmaster is a proven and deployed system that tracks and monitors all ground freight entering the secure airport operations area.

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