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Rio Galeão announces plans to revamp wayfinding at Tom Jobim

Rio Galeão, which recently took over operations at Brazil’s Rio Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport has announced plans to study wayfinding at the gateway.

The operator is running a competition to select the firm to carry out the project, which it says will enable visitors and passengers better guidance through the airport with bilingual signage.

Rio Galeão took over in August, and is in the third phase of the management process change, that is expected to take three to six months, and sees Infraero playing a supporting role.

The firm explains: “The goal is to perform the study of the flow of passengers for the complete overhaul of the current signaling, thus improving the experience of all clients.

“The study provides the strategic location of these signs in internal and external areas, in addition to road access and construction in areas such as parking lots and the new pier.”

In addition, it adds that the company chosen for the project should incorporate the concepts of "aesthetic quality, materials selection, ease of maintenance and sign changes".

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Interested companies can access the site (www.riogaleao.com/projeto-wayfinding/) for more information, and full proposals need to be submitted before November 17, when analyzes of the presentations will be initiated.

The result will be announced on December 12 and work will begin in January 2015.

Rio Galeão is a partnership between Odebrecht TransPort, Changi Airports International and Infraero, which signed a contract in April 2014 for the expansion, maintenance and operation for a 25-year period.

It plans to invest €1.6 billion as part of a structured improvement programme over the concession period, that will see €658 million invested from now to the 2016 Olympic Games.

By 2016, a new concourse featuring 26 new passenger boarding bridges will be connected to Terminal 2, including 68 new check-in counters and the apron area will be increased by 80%, bringing the number of aircraft parking stands to 97.

In 2013, the Brazilian gateway welcomed more than 17 million passengers.

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