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We round-up some of the latest ACI World Business Partner stories from across the globe.


New terminals to transform travel to Mobile and Monterey

Global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, HOK, has unveiled new five-gate terminal designs for Mobile and Monterey airports, which are expected to transform travel and provide an intuitive and elevated experience for passengers at both US gateways.

In Monterey, HOK says that the new terminal will replace the current outdated facility, noting that the single-level layout promotes accessibility and easy wayfinding.

An apron level below will support airport, airline and maintenance staff. The project will include the airport’s first passenger boarding bridges so travellers can easily access planes in any weather.

According to HOK, the nature-inspired design features a pre-security garden plaza with lush, native landscaping. From the garden, a glass wall offers views into the terminal’s post-security central plaza, which features a centre bar for dining and various seating options for rest and relaxation.

A post-security outdoor terrace showcases the region’s scenic beauty and mild climate.

“The Monterey Peninsula Airport District sought a beautiful and cost-effective design that expresses the beauty of Monterey,” said Bart van Vliet, project manager in HOK’s San Francisco studio.

“We’re collaborating with them to create an innovative terminal that wows and welcomes passengers to Monterey.”


New Travelex stores open in new Abu Dhabi terminal

Travelex, the global travel money brand, has launched seven stores and eight ATMs in the new Terminal A at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Airport.

The four landside and three airside stores take the total number of Travelex stores in the UAE to 49 following expansion at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Airports in recent months.

In addition, Travelex is investing in the refurbishment and expansion of its existing stores at Sharjah airport.

Batu Dolay, the company’s commercial director for the Middle East and Turkey, said: “Zayed International Airport’s Terminal A sets a new benchmark for a modern, seamless airport experience, tying in perfectly with our mission to simplify our customers’ access to international money.

“We are, therefore, delighted to have launched seven new stores and eight ATMs across the new terminal, affording travellers flying to and from Abu Dhabi more convenience in their international money transactions than ever before.”


New Heinemann store unveiled at Gold Coast Airport

Heinemann Oceania has officially opened the doors to its new store in Gold Coast Airport’s domestic terminal.

A first for the domestic terminal, and as part of ongoing upgrades to the precinct, the store is said to “a world-class luxury shopping experience to Gold Coast domestic travellers”.

Featuring iconic brands such Tom Ford, Jo Malone, Clinique, Gucci, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace, the range mirrors Heinemann’s offering in its international equivalent, spoiling beauty enthusiasts for choice regardless of whether they are flying domestically or internationally.

As part of its service, Heinemann now offers home delivery nationwide, which means passengers can confidently shop without worrying about carrying their purchases with them in-flight and onto their next destination.

This is in addition to Heinemann’s established Click & Collect and Shop and Collect services.

“We are delighted to bring the best that Heinemann has to offer to domestic travellers as well as international duty-free,” noted Heinemann Oceania’s managing director, George Tsoukalas.

“We are all about the customer journey and we are excited that we can now serve passengers whether they are travelling domestically, internationally or transiting.”


Woolpert aquires Murphy Geospatial

Woolpert has acquired Murphy Geospatial, a multi-disciplinary geospatial solutions company that is headquartered in Kilcullen, Ireland.

Woolpert is a private, US-based architecture, engineering, and geospatial firm that was founded in 1911 and has been providing comprehensive and integrated geospatial services for more than 50 years.

Woolpert notes that the acquisition will enable the companies to align best practices, leverage operational efficiencies, and advance services that include survey, reality capture, BIM, asset monitoring, GIS, and all forms of mapping.

Neil Churman, president of Woolpert, enthused: “Together with Murphy Geospatial, Woolpert will expand its geospatial presence in Europe to improve our offering to customers, accelerate next-level solutions, and provide vital support to the infrastructure, manufacturing, construction, property, utility, and natural environment sectors.”


New passenger screening contract for Rapiscan

Rapiscan, an OSI Systems company, has announced that it has received a $5 million order to provide its 920CT baggage screening technology at the security checkpoint at leading international airport in Europe.

Deepak Chopra, OSI Systems’ chairman and CEO, said: “We are pleased with this award and look forward to supporting the customer’s efforts to upgrade its security infrastructure.

“We strive to elevate passenger screening processes with advanced CT checkpoint technology for an enhanced and efficient airport experience.”

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