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The new AMBAAR Club lounge opens in Salvador Bahia

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

Designed to give travelers the ultimate Bahia (Bay of All Saints) experience and mirroring the sea-facing verandahs of the town of Trancoso to its south – once a small fishing village and now a major tourist attraction for its beaches – Dimensions Airport is confident the new addition will of 538 m² “to improve the lounge experience for customers traveling through the airport”.

Nancy Knipp, President of Airport Dimensions Americas, enthused, “Our partnership with AMBAAR has continued to flourish since its inception, and our incredible new space at Salvador Bahia International Airport is proof of that.

“As we continue to progress and expand further in this important South American market, we are humbled to be trusted by so many Brazilian airports to provide a high-quality, localized experience for our passengers.

“Our goal is to create spaces that highlight local craftsmanship and decor for a truly authentic travel experience that resonates with local travelers as well as first-timers to the region.”

Local inspiration for a new store at Prague Airport

The new Future is Local store in Terminal 2 of Prague’s Václav Havel Airport really does what its name suggests, being dedicated to local products and promoting almost thirty Czech and Slovak brands.

All the items on offer in the store are said to be “made from quality materials, in a sustainable way and with respect for the environment”, and the design of the store reflects the same principles.

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

Items sold in the store range from fashion and gift items to natural beauty products from brands such as Klara Rott, KAMA, Studio Malíská, Havlík’s natural pharmacy and Reparáda.

“The idea on which we 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.

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

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

HNTB joins in celebrating the completion of Denver’s Gate Expansion Program

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

The new additions are leased to United Airlines and mean it now has a total of 90 gates at the Colorado gate, 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 passengers annually over the next 10 years by increasing the airport’s total gate capacity by 30%.

The new A-West Concourse includes 12 exits, 16 warehouses and additional support space totaling 530,000 square feet of new space. There’s 10,000 square feet of new concession space, a new outdoor deck with mountain views, outdoor seating and a fire pit for cozy ambiance, plus a pet area and grooming room for passenger comfort.

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

HNTB’s design and construction administration teams included more than 19 sub-consultants and were made up of a diverse group of businesses that reflected the local community.

New cafes have opened at Washington National

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

The company has actually opened two branches at Washington National (DCA), each located adjacent to the north and south security points in Terminal 2.

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

Designed to reflect the classic architecture around Washington DC with a fresh contemporary twist, The Café at DCA features clean sharp lines and contrasting black and white finishes. An open lattice ceiling throughout adds to the feeling of alfresco dining inside the building.

“The café at DCA provides a warm and inviting environment for airport guests to drop off or sit down and relax,” said Toby Keir, CEO of MRG and InMotion.

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Type of business: Management and airport


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Type of business: Retail and commercial


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Type of business: Planning and construction


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