EXPO NEWS: Five companies building the airports of the future

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Passenger Terminal Expo 2018 will open this week with more than 280 exhibitors. From March 20 to 22, it will be the place to discover not only the new products that help make the airport experience a positive one, but also the companies that are instrumental in building the airport terminals of the future. Be it the redevelopment of aging facilities or the construction of an all-new airport from the ground up, you can find the expertise at Passenger Terminal Expo. Learn more about the following five companies and dozens of others this week at the Expo in Stockholm, Sweden, which is free to attend – register here.

WSP – High-profile terminal redevelopment

Aviation consultancy expert WSP will again be at Passenger Terminal Expo, delivering presentations with its partners and launching its thought leadership presentation. It will also be talking about its various ongoing airport projects such as delivering the new LaGuardia Airport Terminal B in New York and the redevelopment of Marseille Provence Airport in France, among others.

Marseille Provence Airport is a 1960s icon that no longer has the volume and space to cope with 21st century traffic. WSP was chosen – together with Foster + Partners architects – to redevelop the terminal building while respecting the existing architecture and keeping the airport operational. Design has started recently, and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

WSP currently also has a prominent role in the project management and design of the new Central Terminal B at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Underway since 2016, the location’s extremely confined space poses considerable challenges, resulting in a design with four satellite terminals that are linked to the main building by bridges under which planes can pass. In addition to being the best way to deal with the severe space constraints at LaGuardia, this approach has produced a striking visual feature.

Furthermore, over the last year WSP has broadened and deepened its services around the globe through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. It has recently acquired Mouchel in the UK and Opus in New Zealand, which will both bring excellent infrastructure experience into the WSP family. These additions further increase the breath of its capabilities, so visit its booth to discover how it can apply its international expertise to any local project with tailored advice in planning, program management, sustainability, design and more.

Visit WSP at stand 1745

Parsons – Airport construction program management

Engineering, construction, technical and professional services firm Parsons will be on hand at Passenger Terminal Expo 2018 to discuss its role in the construction of a whole new airport for Mexico City. It is providing program management and sustainability services for the Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico (NAICM), working to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB).

When finished, NAICM will be Mexico’s major transport hub. It therefore has a responsibility to be the showcase of a wide range of sustainable practices. For instance, the passenger terminal building’s design includes a photovoltaic array that will generate more than 3MW on-site.

In addition to energy savings, to support indoor environmental quality, the PTB will incorporate considerations for thermal, visual and acoustic comfort using ideal illumination levels and pleasant outdoor views.

In Mexico City, water is a strained resource, often piped in from surrounding areas, but the NAICM site will be autonomous, with dedicated wells and its own wastewater treatment plant.

In addition to energy and water conservation, sustainable practices at the NAICM extend to investments. Green bonds have been issued up to a value of US$6bn. Parsons was key in providing the necessary design and sustainability information to secure these bonds, developed the structure of the quarterly reporting requirements, and manages the process.

Whether you’re interested in hearing more about the NAICM project or you’d like to learn what Parsons does to deliver everything from greenfield airport programs to aviation technology modernization, stop by its booth to speak with some of the firm’s top aviation consultants.

Visit Parsons at stand 1735

Systra – Going all-out on aviation and airport consulting

After many decades of transport planning consultancy for mass transit, rail, airport and urban transport engineering services, Systra has recently set up a dedicated aviation and airports team to provide world-class services to the air travel industry.

The new aviation team is led by Jon Mears and operates globally from Systra’s worldwide network of offices. Over the second half of 2017, it has been joined by a number of additional experts: Kevin Harman brings over 30 years of operational experience at BAA, holding key operational roles at Heathrow and Gatwick; and David Holcroft has over 30 years’ experience in airport development projects and is known for his expertise in people movers (such as the Heathrow pod system) and his leadership of numerous baggage-handling projects worldwide.

The dedicated aviation and airports team has worked with governments, NGOs and operators to prepare air passenger forecasts for airports across the globe. These forecasts have been used to inform the long-term planning of major hub airports to analyze the competition and facilitate the design of facilities.

Systra is also an expert in maximizing airports’ non-aeronautical revenues, for example through airport property development, drawing up sustainable travel plans for their workforce or optimizing surface access to terminals.

Visit Systra Aviation at stand 1755

NACO – Offering consultancy services to airports

A leading consultancy and engineering firm with over 65 years of experience in the aviation and air transport industry, NACO’s multidisciplinary team of experts has provided integrated planning, design, consultancy and development services to over 550 airports in more than 100 countries.

Contributing to sustainable airport development lies at the heart of NACO’s mission, from masterplanning and facilities design to the engineering of airside, terminal and landside infrastructure. NACO’s aim is to always provide innovative and sustainable solutions that meet its clients’ operational needs while helping them create distinctive passenger experiences.

At this year’s Expo, NACO will explore the latest technology developments affecting the industry and share how it is working with clients to build intelligence and reliability into their special airport systems – such as security, IT and baggage handling – so that they can predict and respond quickly to future challenges.

Visit NACO at stand 1658.

Anton Air Support – Expert partner for passenger boarding bridges

Anton Air Support will be on hand at Passenger Terminal Expo to explain how it was chosen to install three new passenger boarding bridges (PBB) at Brussels Airport in Belgium to accommodate the Airbus A380.

The company installs, inspects, refurbishes and maintains PBBs. From steel construction to electrical installation and corresponding operation, Anton offers a bespoke design specific for each application, as well as the environmentally conscious dismantling of old bridges and ongoing maintenance after installation.

ISO 14001-certified, Anton also provides a refurbishment service and is even working on a solution to give used PBBs a second life at a different location.

Stop by Anton Air Support’s stand for an overview of the company’s services or for an independent opinion on your PBBs and passenger stairs buildings.

Visit Anton Air Support at stand 103

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