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Asia-Pacific Airports reports on the latest World Business Partner news from across the region.


Bahrain International Airport has a new advertising partner – French-based JCDecaux.

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) says it awarded the contract to the company following a fiercely competitive bidding process in which several of the world’s largest firms participated.

The concession agreement, which marks the advertising giant’s first entry into the Kingdom, will be for a period of 10 years, and covers the exclusive use of advertising space within BIA’s premises, in line with the vision of the Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP).

This includes the airport campus, forecourt and all approach roads. JCDecaux has promised to use more than 230 formats for the duration of the contract, introducing the modern advertising methods it has been utilising in over 75 countries.

His Excellency, the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said: “This agreement represents a milestone in our journey to put the Kingdom’s aviation and travel experience on the map as one of the most advanced in the world.

“It will also provide additional sources of income that will help finance and sustain the AMP, an initiative that will elevate the Kingdom’s economic status substantially.”

BAC CEO, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “The AMP is more than just an expansion of the airport. It is meant to modernise the entire passenger travelling experience and appeal to the tastes and needs of today’s sophisticated and demanding travellers.” 


Auto Bag Drop units go live at Singapore Changi

Fifty of ICM Airport Technics’ market-leading Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units went live at the highly-anticipated opening of Singapore Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 on October 31.

The first flight out of T4 was Cathay Pacific’s CX650 to Hong Kong, where Richard Dinkelmann, CEO of ICM Group, was among the first passengers to check-in, using an ABD unit to drop his baggage.

The ABD units are a crucial element of several Fast and Seamless Travel initiatives at T4 that cover check-in, baggage drop, immigration clearance and boarding.

The ABD units were developed, manufactured and installed by ICM, and were specifically designed to meet the exact needs of Terminal 4. ICM worked closely with Changi Airport Group to tailor the ABD units to not only make them easy for passengers to use in self-service mode, but also capable of being switched to a conventional, agent-manned check-in desk in a matter of seconds.

Dinkelmann said: “We are incredibly proud to see our advanced biometrically enabled self-service Auto Bag Drop units go live at Changi T4.

“The units will not only deliver notable security and efficiency benefits to the airport and airlines, but they present passengers with a simpler and faster process for checking-in their bags.”

ICM’s ABD units can be found in major airports across the globe including Auckland, London Heathrow, Minneapolis, Munich, Paris CDG, Singapore Changi and Sydney. 



Smiths Detection has been selected to supply innovative solutions for passenger screening and search functions at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

Narita has chosen to install 13 of Smiths Detection’s eqo portals following a national directive from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to upgrade checkpoint security to comply with the latest international standards.

According to Smiths Detection, the new technology utilises flat-panel millimetre-wave technology that offers state-of-the-art detection capabilities with a minimal footprint.

It says that they will help enhance security, productivity, and passenger experience and believes that they will allow checkpoints to evolve from mechanical screening to electronically steered technology, offering better image quality and system reliability.

As a result, it says this reliable and easily serviceable system helps to reduce the burden of security screening on airports.

“More than 20 million visitors entered Japan last year and this number is expected to increase due to the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games in 2020,” commented Nathan Manzi, vice president of Asia Pacific at Smiths Detection.

“For this reason, Japan’s international airports are seeking to increase and strengthen the effectiveness of the security process while ensuring that passengers move quickly and seamlessly through them.

“Narita selected our eqo solution as it offers a small footprint and the highest passenger throughput comparable to alternative products in the market.” 



Location: Murarrie, QLD, Australia

Contacts: Sarah Renner, executive general manager for aviation and transport; Gray Manson, business risk & innovations manager

E: sarah.renner@au.issworld.com

W: www.au.issworld.com

As a worldwide provider of support services to aviation customers, including security, screening and cleaning, at ISS we recognise the importance of creating the best passenger experience. With a team of almost 15,000 people operating throughout Australia, ISS is one of the country’s largest facility service providers with annual revenue approaching A$1 billion. 


Location: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Contacts: Yuh Tung Hii, managing director; Roland Kong Beng Ong, senior associate – airports division

E: minsar@minsar.com.my

W: www.minsar.com.my

Minsar has a remarkable record of delivering multi-disciplinary and specialist consultancy services across a wide range of projects and industries including the unique and evolving aviation industry. Our experience and deep understanding of airport operations encompasses both domestic and international airports throughout Malaysia and Brunei and military airfields in Malaysia. We provide complete end-to-end solutions ranging from feasibility studies and master planning to detailed investigations and design. In addition we provide cost estimations, tender and contract documentation and evaluation, construction supervision and project management.


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