Big deal in the Big Apple
Hudson Group is set to expand its footprint at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) after LaGuardia Gateway Partners awarded it a retail package win for the gateway’s new Terminal B.
As part of the new contract win, Hudson Group will design the first FAO Schwarz airport and travel destination store of its kind, featuring signature FAO Schwarz toys and games, and will bring the epicentre of New York literary culture to Queens with McNally Jackson, New York City’s iconic independent bookseller.
Additional brands represented in the new retail package include Hudson – the company’s internationally-recognised travel essentials and convenience brand – as well as LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free and M.A.C.
The shops will be located in the eastern concourse of the new terminal, which is part of the $8 billion overhaul of the entire airport first unveiled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2015. The 1.3 million square foot terminal will feature 35 gates, over 25 retail and F&B offerings, and dual pedestrian bridges that span active taxi lanes connecting the main part of the terminal to two island concourses.
“Hudson’s iconic brand coupled with its new and exciting concepts makes the company an ideal partner for this new contract,” said Ed Baklor, chief commercial officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners.
“Hudson Group has been delivering unique concepts that cater to the immediate needs and wants of travellers at LGA for over 30 years and we are excited to extend and expand the company’s contract at Terminal B.”
Hudson’s president and CEO, Joseph DiDomizio, said: “The new contract highlights how diligently we work to ensure that airport concessions are evolving to meet the growing needs of travellers. This is especially true for LGA, as our competitive bid will bring the nation’s oldest and most iconic toy brand, FAO Schwarz, into airports for the first time at the city’s oldest commercial airport.”
Boingo to provide Wi-Fi services at 54 Brazilian airports
Travellers passing through Brazil’s airports can now expect a good Wi-Fi service following Infraero’s decision to award Boingo Wireless the contract to provide services at 54 gateways across the country.
Wi-Fi coverage is now live at Aeroporto de Congonhas (CGH), Aeroporto Santos-Dumont (SDU), Aeroporto Internacional de Recife (REC) and Aeroporto Internacional de Curitiba (CWB), with Boingo’s full roll-out across all 54 airports to be completed by early 2020.
Boingo will build and operate the networks with Ziva, a local wireless infrastructure company in Latin America that is well-known for its flexible hardware and software solutions.
The two companies were awarded the business after submitting a joint bid to Infraero.
“Infraero’s partnership with Boingo and Ziva will allow passengers to have a better experience when travelling through our airports,” said Marx Martins, director of commercial business, Infraero.
“The new Wi-Fi solution is intended to meet the demand for fast and quality connectivity while waiting to take off.”
Marcos Ferraz, director of business development at Boingo, noted: “Wi-Fi is now an expectation for travellers and we’re pleased to deliver this in-demand airport amenity for millions of passengers.
“Our blazing-fast Wi-Fi helps improve the passenger experience by unlocking powerful wireless connectivity, whether travellers are browsing social networks, streaming entertainment or using the airport as their mobile office. This launch is an exciting step forward in becoming the largest airport Wi-Fi provider in Latin America.”
Brazil travellers can receive fast, free Wi-Fi sponsored by advertisers, or can opt for even faster speeds by purchasing a one-day or monthly Boingo subscription.