Salvador Bahia opens airside AMBAAR Club lounge with Airport Dimensions

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As part of a collaboration with AMBAAR, airport lounge and travel experiences specialist, Airport Dimensions, has opened its latest airside AMBAAR Club lounge at Bahia International Airport in Brazil. The opening follows the October opening of  landside AMBAAR Club lounge.

“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,” said Nancy Knipp, President Americas at Airport Dimensions.

The new space spans 538 sq.m. and has been designed to give passengers a last experience of Bahia (the Bay of All Saints) and the little town of Trancosco to its south which was once a small fishing village but currently draws tourists from all over the world to its glorious beaches.

An instantly recognised feature of the region are the sea-facing veranda houses of Trancosco. Their character is reflected at the airport where passengers await their flight on a veranda with a view across the airport apron instead of an ocean vista. Hammock seating is also used throughout the lounge, while natural dark woods and AMBAAR’s elegant deep-brown and weathered-steel colour pallet is used throughout, creating an ambiance of casual sophistication.

“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 decor for a truly authentic travel experience that resonates with local travellers as well as those coming to the region for the first time,” added Knipp.

Meanwhile, David Thompson, Commercial Director at Salvador Bahia International Airport said: “AMBAAR Club’s second lounge will undoubtedly play a major role in improving our passenger’s airport experience. Salvador Bahia Airport seeks daily to provide a memorable journey to everyone who passes by, and a VIP lounge space was the missing component. AMBAAR club is a sound strategic partner for us, with strong experience. ”

Farnborough appoints contracts for design and build of new £55m hangar

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Dedicated business aviation hub, Farnborough Airport in the UK has appointed contractors McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth for the design and construction of its new £55m 175,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art and sustainably designed hangar development, Domus III.

The airport has been working closely with the contractors to create a plan that will increase hangar space by more than 70% while complementing the airport’s existing award-winning facilities and helping the airport prepare for the growing presence of the next generation of business jets.

In line with the airport’s other hangar facilities, which have been rated by BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment for infrastructure and buildings, the new hangar is expected to achieve some of the highest environmental standards. It will feature translucent automated doors, which will stretch the entire length of the building, to optimise natural light and reducing lighting usage. Aircraft will b able to manouevre easily thanks to the unhindered access provided by the door design, which will also help mitigate unnecessary emissions from aircraft handling activities.

“We want to be known as a global showcase for airport sustainability and the new hangar has been meticulously designed with this in mind,” said Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport’s CEO. “This investment will also provide a substantial boost for employment and economic growth in the region, whilst continuing our journey in providing the very best-in-class facilities to our customers at Europe’s number one business aviation airport.”

Construction of the new hangar is due to commence in August 2022 with completion scheduled for Q1 2024 with David Tooth, Founding Director of Gebler Tooth, David Tooth concluding: “We are delighted to be involved in this significant development at Farnborough Airport. Our team has worked closely with the airport and contractors teams to date to reach this stage and we are excited to see the project through to completion.”

PTEParis: Vitra develops seating specifically for public spaces

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Vitra, the seating company, has launched its Soft Wait seating solution, which has been developed specifically for public spaces.

According to Pascal Berberat, Head of Airport Division at Vitra, airport furniture is subject to heavy use, so it has to be durable, adaptable and aesthetically pleasing.

“Finding that balance of the conflicting requirements between the airport operator and the passenger is challenging,” he said. “The key to good design is recognising the need to solve a problem and then provide a solution to that problem,” he added, explaining that all too often seating which is used elsewhere is then used in an airport setting where it simply doesn’t last. Vitra however designs its seating specifically to fit an airport or other public space’s stringent requirements.

Designed by Vitra and designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the sofa-style system combines comfort and ergonomic seating that is suitable for heavy use and the exacting demands of the airport environment.

Each detail has been designed to be durable, easy to clean and simple to maintain, while the modular design allows for multiple configurations which can be modified and expanded on at a later date. It can be assembled into linear and curved formations, ensuring effective use of any awkwardly shaped interiors or dead spaces, for example around pillars.

In addition, the individual modules are equipped with power and data connections, and the metal parts – legs and armrests come in a polished or black powder-coated finish. Tables can be positioned between seats or at the end of benches.

PTEParis: Kusch+Co showcases stylish seating solution in the French capital

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With passenger traffic on the rise, airports are turning their attention to airport seating with seating manufacturers leveraging this growth at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo.

Kusch+Co is showcasing its latest solution – Creva soft – at this year’s show. The seating solution has already been deployed at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport in Germany, where it offers a multitude of distinct variations and options, according to the seating manufacturer.

Creva Soft is aligned with the rise in mobile working, allowing passengers to optimise their time at the airport by keeping up with work commitments. Featuring a comfortable armchair style seat with high back and textured walls, as well as a table top, passengers can catch up on work or talk on the phone undisturbed. USB ports and integrated sockets enable customers to charge their electronic devices.

PTEParis: Zoeftig enjoys the vista in Paris at Passenger Terminal Expo

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Seating manufacturer, Zoeftig, has unveiled its latest seating product at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Paris – the Vista, which it describes as “changing the landscape for an ultimate concourse experience.”

The versatile seating system is modular in construction and designed to respond to the needs of modern airports and passenger demographics. It features an ergonomic design, ultra clean aesthetic and flexible construction. With its premium look and feel, it would be equally at home in lounges or at departure gates.

It can be arranged with inclusive social spaces, providing areas for passengers of all different profiles from the single business traveller to families and groups of all ages. It also offers protected seating areas for those who prioritise privacy and personal space. A stripped back bench runs with a clean and contemporary feel, while collaborative sections enable passenger interaction. Mains and USB power is available via multiple integrated locations to ensure seats are provided with convenient and easily accessible charging points.

The seating can be finished in a variety of materials and finishes so that it can be tailored to different environment and customer requirements.

Alongside other seating solutions Zoeftig is also showcasing its Zenky seating at this year’s PTE. The seating supplier has already partnered with various airports on its Zenky seating including Denver Airport as well as Salt Lake City Airport in the US where it has been well received by passengers and airport operations teams alike.



Maldives Airports Company unveils first phase of VIP terminal at Velana Airport

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Lounge operations have commenced at Velana International Airport’s new Maamahi Executive Lounge, following the completion of phase one of the VIP terminal building.

The four-storey VIP terminal facility is being developed as a two-phase project with world-renowned architect, Yuji Yamazaki. Designed to deliver a luxurious experience encapsulating the spirit and style of the Maldives, the interior design was overseen by AECOM while Beijing Urban Construction Group was tasked with construction.

Phase one of the VIP terminal is housed on the ground floor and is dedicated to VVIP services. It is approximately 3,200 sq m and once the total project is complete it will provide 6,800 sq m of space.

The second phase of the project will see two more floors being developed with construction work due to start in early 2022. Services on these two floors will be dedicated to VIP customers.

JetBlue Airways to manage terminal construction project at Fort Lauderdale Airport

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Broward County Aviation Department has appointed JetBlue Airways to manage the construction of a five-gate US$300m passenger terminal at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida, US.

The new facility is part of the airport’s master plan to provide much needed growth in terminal gates in response to airline and passenger demand. To deliver programme management services for the development of Terminal 5, JetBlue Airways has contracted Parsons Corporation. The aviation infrastructure provider has contributed to the planning, design and management of more than 450 airports around the world.

“Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the fastest-recovering US airports, with passenger traffic approaching 2019 pre-pandemic levels,” said Peter Torrellas, president, connected communities, for Parsons. “As we continue a return to air travel, it is critical for airports and airlines alike to prepare for passenger and service expansion. Our aviation experts have served South Florida for more than 20 years and we look forward to building on that legacy in partnership with JetBlue and the Broward County Aviation Department.”

Airport Dimensions and AMBAAR Lounge expand network in Brazil

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Following the successful opening of the first AMBAAR Club Lounge at Viracopos International Airport at the end of 2021, Airport Dimensions and VIP lounge operator AMBAAR Lounge have opened two further lounges in Brazil at Fortaleza Airport (FOR) and Porto Alegre Airport (POA).

The AMBAAR Club POA combines high-quality design with a host of facilities to make the travel experience more relaxing and convenient. Private rooms for calls and meetings will be complemented by an exclusive coffee bar area, buffet and cocktail bar. The lounge design has been inspired by local themes of the surrounding Rio Grande do Sul area, with an emphasis on wood and leather with highlights in rich shades of red, yellow and green that reflect the state’s flag. The result is a space that evokes the cosy environment of a country house typical of the mountain cities found in the state.

Meanwhile the new facility at FOR pays homage to the culture of Brazil’s north-eastern Ceará state. Carefully considered details such as a vibrant colour scheme provide a warm and welcoming ambience, while hammocks and strategic lighting recreate the city’s relaxing beaches and the balmy north-eastern Brazilian sun.

Both lounges will operate from 6am to 10pm, offering a range of seating options, children’s play areas and private booths, as well as an extensive selection of local and internationally inspired food and beverages.

Sabine Trenk, COO of Fraport Brasil, said: “The opening of these two new environments in Porto Alegre and Fortaleza raises the standard of services offered at our airports. The partnership with a qualified company and a reference in VIP rooms, such as AMBAAR Lounge, brings quality and professionalism to the experiences we offer to our passengers.”

As well as entering the South American travel market for the first time with AMBAAR Club, Airport Dimensions has been bolstering its position in the US and the UK with projects that have included the acquisition of the No1 Lounges business, with Airport Dimensions now operating nine No1 Lounge spaces at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham airports. The company also recently expanded its award-winning The Club brand with a new opening at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and is set to launch another at Charlotte Douglas International Airport early this year. In addition, Airport Dimensions announced last year a partnership with JPMorgan Chase, which will introduce Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club, with locations already in development.

VolkerFitzpatrick awarded runway refurb contrat for Gloucestershire Airport

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Gloucestershire Airport has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick, one of the UK’s leading engineering and construction companies, to deliver a Civil Aviation Authority (CCA) approved upgrade to Gloucestershire Airport in 2022.

The work will be carried out in four phases, with the primary focus being the resurfacing of the crosswind and main runways. There will also be new runway lighting and upgrades to signage and drainage, as well as the installation of below ground infrastructure in readiness for a new radar system.

One of the airport’s three runways will remain open while works are carried out, albeit operating at reduced capacity. When all work is complete, the airport’s existing ‘north/south’ runway will permanently close to make way for the development of the new business park, CGX Connect.

Starting in January 2022, the first phase will see the crosswind runway resurfaced with work taking place through the night to avoid any disruption to operations. Phases two and three will follow in Spring 2022, with work taking place during the day and throughout the night. This phase will see the resurfacing of the main runway, new runway lighting installed, upgrades to signage and draining, and the installation of below ground infrastructure.

Phase four will be the testing and commissioning phase of the project in readiness for anticipated completion and resumption of normal operations by Summer 2022.

“We’re well versed in working on projects like this, having completed similar works at Glasgow, Birmingham and Gatwick Airports. These upgrades will place Gloucestershire Airport firmly at the top end of aviation standards and technology, which will help unlock numerous opportunities and benefits for the airport and surrounding area,” commented Kevin Berry, VolkerFitzpatrick Operations Director.

“These are transformational times for Gloucestershire Airport,” continued Karen Taylor, Gloucestershire Airport Managing Director. “These upgrades are essential to the continued smooth running of operations and, along with CGX Connect, will really elevate the quality and status of the airport, along with its profile as a ‘gateway for growth’ for all those significant developments being brought forward across the region.

Ridge & Partners LLP will work alongside VolkerFitzpatrick, providing project and commercial management services for the runway upgrade. Justin Wright, Senior Project Manager at Ridge & Partners LLP explained how the work will be carried out.

Arconas unveils new airport seating product

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Arconas, which manufactures and distributes furniture for airports and passenger terminals has unveiled the release of its new product emBARq.

Offering a sleek design that combines a functional work surface with a charging station, emBARq requires no hard wiring. It can comfortably seat up to six people and the horizontal power source provides AC and USB charging. It also features convenient hooks for passengers to hang their belongings while working.

Made from a solid steel structure, the unit can be floor mounted through levelling glides and a wheelchair accessible counter heigh option is also available.

Providing passengers with the latest powering technology, such as wireless charging, emBARq will enhance the passenger experience with Arconas describing the seating solution as making transportation terminals more accessible and barrier free.