Seattle Airport unveils concourse modernisation project

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport(SEA Tacoma) has opened its new N Concourse, known as the North Satellite Modernisation Project. The opening took place on 4 November with the airport debuting its first-ever art and cultural festival. A dedicated performance stage hosted live music performances, a poetry reading and spoken word.

“This event celebrates the natural and cultural richness of the Pacific Northwest,” said Port of Seattle Commission President, Fred Felleman. “The building embodies our values of creating economic opportunities in an inclusive and environmentally responsible manner.”

The airport’s newly renovated N Concourse – by Design Architect Fentress Architects and Architect of Record AECOM with construction company, Hensel Phelps – features modern amenities, seismic upgrades, sustainable features and improved building function.

Fentress Architects’s Principal in Charge of Design, Curtis Fentress, said the N Concourse, which took four years to complete, is now “emblematic of the Pacific Northwest, its majestic sights and sounds. Every element of the design works in concert to orient travellers, as it greets visitors and welcomes home residents.”

Passengers will benefit from a brighter, bolder space with more dining and retail options, as well as a diverse art collection that reflects the culture, spirit and history of the region, nature inspired design and a brand-new performance stage.

The concourse also features 10 new passenger gates, an impressive Alaska Airlines Lounge and to demonstrate the sustainability of the project the airport’s first system to collect and reuse rainwater. Rainwater captured from the roof is used to flush toilets, which will save 2.8 million gallons of potable water annually, the equivalent of 4.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In addition, 20,000 tonnes of construction waste was recycled and thus diverted from landfills, and nearly $21m of recycled materials were used on the project. Energy efficient LED lighting, heating and cooling methods save approximately 1.7 million kWh annually, which is equal to the annual energy usage of 170 homes.

Hamburg Airport expands retail and services offering

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Following the last 18 months when many of the shops at Hamburg Airport have been closed or operating on reduced opening hours, many of the retailers at the German hub have extended their opening hours again. What’s more there is greater diversity to the shops now available to those travelling through the airport, with the Marc O’Polo concession relocating to a new site and the popular electronics store tech2go soon to open a second store.

“Browsing through various exclusive stores before departure is, quite simply, part of the experience of air travel,” said Lutz Deubel, Head of Centre Mangement at Hamburg Airport, exclaiming his delight that the majority of shops have now reopened. “Once again, a diverse range of souvenirs, fashion and electronics awaits our passengers. Our world of shopping has become even more varied. In recent months we have welcomed four new tenants, with the latest arrival being Hamburg Transfers in Terminal 2. The New Marc O’Polo and tech2go shops, too, boast vivid new looks. Customers now have even more to discover here.”

Located next to the baggage reclaim in Terminal 2, Hamburg Transfers is a private chauffeur service which helps transport passengers between the airport and the city in comfort and style. They can also arrange sightseeing or city tours.

Meanwhile, tech2go offers an extensive range of electronic equipment including headphones, audio books and powerbanks and charging cables. The first store has proved so popular that a second shop is opening soon. Fashion label Marc O’Polo is moving to a larger store and now offers a wider range of clothing, bags and shoes.

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Vilnius Airport seeks contractor for construction of new passenger terminal

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Part of the Lithuanian Airport network, Vilnius Airport is looking for a contractor to construct a new module of its passenger departures terminal in the northern part of the airport.

The new building will be of A++ energy class with the airport aiming to ensure the new terminal building is BREEAM Good certified. During construction of the new terminal the airport will need to remain operational as usual using the existing passenger terminal. In addition to the new terminal the reconstruction of the ground accessibility system in front of the airport will be carried out simultaneously. The engineering networks will be renovated, the pavement will be replaced, and a new much more efficient transport scheme will be developed.

The new two-storey departures terminal will sit between he existing departures and the VIP Terminal & Conference centre. The ground floor will feature a passenger check-in area with a self-service zone. There will also be common public spaces, cafes and other commercial areas and airline offices.

Luggage screening and sorting facilities, rooms for engineering systems are being designed in the eastern part of the building, while a passenger security screening area as well as departure and arrival gates for Schengen passengers are planned to be situated on the second floor. The new terminal will be connected to the existing passenger terminal by a spacious walkway, which will ensure comfortable connection between the two terminals. The new facility will also have two new air bridges.

“Already before the pandemic, Vilnius Airport had reached its capacity limits,” said Dainius Ciuplys, Head of Operations and infrastructure at Lithuanian Airports. “This development is very important both for us and the passengers. The new terminal will expand the operational and technological possibilities of the airport, which are related to the direct activities, and will allow to increase the range of non-aviation services. In the longer term, we will be able to easily initiate qualitative changes and introduce new enhancements in the existing terminal,” he continued.

With plans to start work next year, Vilnius Airport plans to select a contractor for the construction of the new terminal by mid-2022 with it going live by the end of 2024. Once complete the total area of all passenger terminals at the Lithuanian gateway will increase by a third. Passenger throughput will double – from 1,200 passengers per hour to 2,400

Bordeaux Airport inaugurates new pier

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As part of Bordeaux Airport’s modernisation plan, which is focused on service quality and environmental transition, its new pier, which was unveiled on 7 October, is the first High Environmental Quality (HEQ) facility at the French hub.

The fully transparent passageway links Hall A in Bordeaux Airport to its new international pier offering 3,000 m.sq. of new building, including 2,000 m.sq. of devoted passenger areas with four lounges offering panoramic views of aircraft taking off on the runway.

The new structure was designed with high-performance systems to ensure a comfortable indoor atmosphere, while boasting a distinctive and imposing façade of special glazing. Combining protection from solar over-heating and noise reduction, it provides a significant proportion of natural light, offset at nightfall or in cloudy weather by automatic variation in the LED lighting system.

The HEQ certification of the pier guarantees environmental and energy efficiency. Its annual energy use is 11% lower than that of an airport complying with the most recent thermal regulation. Regarding water use, it enables an annual saving of 1,000 m. sq. of drinking water, i.e. the equivalent of 200,000 lavatory flushes.

High-performance, environmentally friendly interior furnishings, including paint and suspended ceilings were chosen to emit as few pollutants as possible. Wood furnishings sourced from sustainably managed forests, and the linoleum flooring is composed of 90% fully natural and recyclable materials.

The new pier is one of several projects the airport is undertaking to enhance its service quality and strengthen the management of its environmental impacts. Despite the global health crisis the airport has pursed an active strategy for its environmental management with the goal of becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2030.

Header image: Bordeaux Airport’s new passenger pier ©@SA_ADBM

Five more airlines move into Manchester Airport’s revamped Terminal Two

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Having unveiled its new-look Terminal Two earlier this month with flights initially being operated by Jet.com, TUI and Singapore Airlines, Manchester Airport has now welcomed the next wave of airlines that will start flying from its new state-of-the-art terminal.

A selection of new shops, bars and restaurants have also opened their doors. Initially only a handful of units have opened in line with current passenger numbers. These include popular local brands in addition to well-known high street names including Pret-a-Manger and Costa Coffee. The remaining units will open as more airlines move across as passenger numbers increase.

Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Brussels Airlines all moved operations to the new terminal on Tuesday 20 July. As a new carrier at Manchester Airport, airBaltic started services to Riga in Latvia earlier this month and will move over to T2 on 21 July followed by Ethiopian on 22 July.

Having flown from Manchester Airport for more than 30 years Singapore Airlines will once again connect the North to the Far East and beyond through the excellent onward connectivity at Changi Airport.

More airlines are expected to move across to the terminal as summer progresses and international travel restrictions ease.

“Last week was such a huge and poignant milestone in Manchester Airport’s 83-year history as we opened our new Terminal Two extension,” says Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport.

“As the government continues to cautiously lift the lid on international travel restrictions and gives more freedom to double vaccinated passengers, its great to see more of our airline partners resume services, increase frequencies and move across to their new home in Terminal Two.

“Not only will opening the new terminal help with our COVID-19 recovery, as passenger demand hopefully increases as more countries are added to the green list, but it will also give our customers the best experience as they jet off on their holidays.”

 

Arconas unveils bullet- and blast-resistant seating at Brownsville Airport

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Airport seating and furniture manufacturer Arconas has partnered with Amulet Protective Technologies to unveil an industry first: bullet- and blast-resistant airport furniture at Brownsville/ South Padre Island International Airport in Texas.

The Arconas Flyaway tandem seating with Amulet Ballistic Barrier technology integrated during the manufacturing process are designed to shield travellers in the event of an act of violence in a public space. The barriers are designed to be uniquely compatible with interior furnishings and meet the criteria for handgun, rifle and explosive-device threats. The seating is part of the Brownsville Airport’s new terminal, which covers 91,000 square feet and will be able to accommodate more carriers and passengers than the existing 50-year-old terminal.

According to Bryant Walker, the airport’s Director, “The new terminal incorporates the latest technology and features, including seating that can protect passengers and first responders if needed. Providing for the safety and comfort of our passengers is our top priority. We have no reason to believe we would ever need this technology, however, we try to plan for the unexpected. The decision to use Arconas seating with integrated Amulet barriers was an easy one to make.”

Commenting on the new seating solution, Arconas VP of Business Development, Lynn Gordon, said: “Arconas recogonises that our airport and transportation clients are looking for more options in their furniture. Terminal operators always take a safety-first approach to their facilities, so providing clients features that improve safety and protect lives has been incredibly well received.” She added: “We’re focused on improving the airport experience, which includes highly functional, durable, attractive, and now protective furniture.”

According to Amulet Protective Technologies President and CEO, Jeffrey Isquith, acts of violence in the public space have become a common occurrence. “Our No. 1 goal is to save lives – and this technology adds a critical layer of protection for the public. Amulet Ballistic Barriers are a 21st Century solution to saving lives and reducing injuries to innocent people.”

ʻInvisibleʼ technology such as Amulet’s barriers has fast become a key component of the physical security market, which is expected to double within the next few years.