SINGAPORE, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Avis Car Rental, the leading international car rental brand in Asia, today announced that it has selected a licensee to launch car rental operations in Laos and Cambodia. Avis Car Rental will officially enter both markets with the opening of airport and city facilities in Luang Prabang, Pakse and Vientiane in Laos; and Phnom Penh and Siam Reap in Cambodia — making Avis the first international car rental company to operate in each of the countries.
“Strengthening our global position remains a high priority as we seek to drive sustained, profitable growth,” said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia-Pacific, Avis Budget Group. “Our licensee agreement with RMA Group will allow us to expand our global footprint and help to ensure that we are well-positioned to realize the growth potential of the Avis brand in each country.”
The new Avis facilities will serve local and international customers with a “one-stop” mobility solution. Residents and visitors will benefit from Avis’ world-class products and services, including a wide range of well-maintained, late-model vehicles, short- and long-term rentals, personal and corporate car leasing programs, premium chauffeur and transfer services and outstanding customer service. Customers will be able to book reservations at http://www.avis.com over the course of this month as locations open.
“RMA is uniquely positioned to facilitate Avis Car Rental’s plan for growth,” Kevin Whitcraft, chief executive officer, RMA Group. “We have long-established vehicle sales and distribution infrastructures in Cambodia and Laos, and we are the partner of choice to some of the world’s largest retail franchises in the Asia-Pacific region. RMA is ready to support the enhancement of Avis’ global position as a leader in its sector, and will do so by providing best-in-class service in these two countries.”
Avis’ legacy in Asia can be traced back to 1970, when the Company opened its first location in Hong Kong. Operations in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan followed. Operations have grown steadily throughout the region ever since, including Avis’ leading presence in China, which began in 2002. Avis now has approximately 300 rental locations in Asia.
Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,750 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.avis.com.
About RMA Group
Headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, RMA is an international company with a global presence providing essential automotive and infrastructure solutions for clients operating in difficult markets and terrains. Where a country is in transition or the early stages of recovery, entire populations are often in need of basic infrastructure support for such essentials as power, fresh water, transportation; they are often at risk of illness and disease. RMA is a provider of the equipment, services, and comprehensive solutions that respond to commercial and humanitarian needs in such environments. For more information, visit http://www.rmagroup.net.
For further information please contact:
Grace Banto; Avis Asia +65-6737-1668
AGS Transact Technologies and Wincor Nixdorf impressed the Indian Bankers at the India ATM 2013 Conference and Expo
Showcased cutting edge technology products
MUMBAI, India and SINGAPORE, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Wincor Nixdorf Pte Ltd, one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banking and retailers, together with their partner AGS Transact Technologies Ltd, a leading ATM outsourcing and payments’ company in India, attended the India ATM 2013 Conference and Expo on 3-4 December in Mumbai.
Following the new milestone achievement in the installation base of 25,000 ATMs in India, the rapid expansion witnessed in the ATM network in India has pushed AGS and Wincor Nixdorf to further engage the India market with innovative solutions and value-added initiatives. Products showcased include the well-accepted Monofunctional Cash Dispenser ProCash 280, the new weatherized ATM for through-the-wall installations ProCash 285, as well as the Cash Recycling System CINEO C4040. Value-added ATM solutions such as Direct Marketing, Terminal Security, Proview Monitoring, Serial number Recognition and more were also part of the highlights showcased during the Expo.
As per the Global ATM Market and Forecasts to 2018, ATM segment witnessed a growth rate of 21% since 2012 in India. Reversing the trend of recent years, 2012 saw the new private sector banks leading growth. ATM terminals in India will be expected to grow at a compounded average growth rate of 23% between 2013 and 2018, according to research of British market research company RBR. Speaking on the growth of the ATM market, Mr. Stanley Johnson, President — Managed Services, AGS Transact Technologies Ltd. said, “ATM has brought a self-service revolution in the banking industry. There is a lot of scope for growth of ATM industry in developing countries like India. AGS continues to invest in cutting edge technology and provide value-added services in order to improve customer convenience and attract new customers. The new age products that we have been showcasing at the India ATM 2013 Conference and Expo along with Wincor Nixdorf will surely accelerate our market penetration and add value for our end-users.”
India ATM 2013 Conference and Expo addressed the key issues faced by the India’s increasingly dynamic financial services sector, challenges and opportunities. The rapid expansion seen in the India ATM network is primarily ascribed to the entry of ‘brown label’ concept, which enables banks to set up a large network of ATMs in a short span of time in an outsourcing model and partnership with its service provider.
Mr Karsten Kemna, Regional Vice President for Banking, Wincor Nixdorf Pte Ltd. said, “India market is one of our important growth markets beside China and Indonesia. Given that the Indian market is now realizing the potential in the growth in ATM deployment and management, we are driving and positioning ourselves together with AGS as the innovation leader and the preferred ATM manufacturer and supplier in India, and also to gain a larger market share.”
He added, “At the same time we are bringing our innovations such as cash deposit and cash recycling as well as our value add software and service solutions to the Indian market. Most importantly, the team AGS together with Wincor Nixdorf offer end-to-end solutions for the customers in India. At the same time, we strongly believe that banks will further improve their self-service processes with technologies such as cash deposit and recycling solutions.”
About Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banking. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The company’s extensive portfolio focuses on optimizing business processes at banks and retail companies. It is aimed mainly at cutting costs and complexity and improving service to the end customer. Wincor Nixdorf leverages know-how from its core business with banks and retailers to diversify into related sectors. These include postal and lottery companies and hospitality and service station chain operators. Wincor Nixdorf has a presence in over 130 countries, with its own subsidiary companies in 42 of these. More than 9,000 employees work at the Group. The company is the leader in Europe and the number 2 in the world for programmable electronic POS systems (EPOSs) and the number 2 in Europe and worldwide for automated teller machines.
About AGS Transact Technologies
AGS Transact Technologies Ltd. offers technology-based solutions for banking, retail, paint and petroleum sectors. Equipped with extensive experience in banking technology, AGS provides a complete suite of self-service banking products. The company is the dominant provider of ATM outsourcing services to the Indian banking industry. Since its inception, AGS has installed over 25,000 ATMs for various customers. The customers in the banking segment amongst others include State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, Axis Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Dena Bank.
Source: Wincor Nixdorf
Samsung and Fingerprint Partner To Create Mobile Play and Learn Network for Kids; Companies Launch Initiative to Drive App Development
– Kids’ App Network, Localized and Customized for Samsung Devices, to be Unveiled in Q1 2014 with Immediate Call for Kids’ Content Backed by New $1 Million Fingerprint Developer Funds
SINGAPORE and SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, and Fingerprint, a kids’ mobile technology company, today announced they are co-developing a kids’ mobile app network enabling play-based learning for kids 3-to-7 years old. Expected to launch in Southeast Asia and Oceania in Q1 2014, the new service on select Samsung devices offers a safe and fun environment for kids to play and learn. Parents can create a family account for multiple children and receive personalized reporting, content recommendations and access controls for each child.
The new network is part of Samsung’s Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative, a developer-focused program in collaboration with Fingerprint that is designed to drive the creation of play-and-learn Android apps for kids in Southeast Asia and Oceania. To support this initiative and increase the quantity and quality of kids’ apps, Fingerprint has also earmarked US$1 million to support the integration and localization of kids’ apps and interactive books globally.
“We are very excited about partnering with Fingerprint,” said Nicholas Wodtke, vice president of Content and Services at Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center Southeast Asia and Oceania. “Asia has a young demographic base and a rapidly growing middle class. There are an estimated 50m(1) kids in the age group of 3-7 years in Southeast Asia. Samsung is focused on bringing to market a service that offers a safe mobile play and learn environment for kids.”
“Research has validated the importance of learning through play during the critical developmental years of kids,” said Gerald Cai, head of Learning and Reading at Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center Southeast Asia and Oceania. “It is however, challenging for parents to navigate the vast app universe to identify thoughtful and suitable apps for kids. Our goal for Samsung’s new kids’ mobile network is to offer parents peace of mind, knowing their kids will have meaningful play experiences that will help them to learn and grow.”
Samsung Kids’ Mobile Network Powered by Fingerprint:
The new custom mobile kids’ network is part of Samsung’s global strategy to deliver content and services that improve the user experience and transcend beyond the device. Powered by Fingerprint technology, the network will take full advantage of Samsung’s innovative features. The network will feature an array of Fingerprint-curated content from its fast-growing library of global edutainment titles, including many of Fingerprint’s fan favorites, as well as new content developed through the developer initiative. The network and first slate of available apps will be unveiled in Q1 2014.
“We are very proud that Samsung choose Fingerprint to develop and deliver a new kids’ app network that will reach millions of Samsung devices in one of the fastest growing mobile learning markets in the world,” said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO and co-founder of Fingerprint. “This partnership, along with our content initiative, will help to reshape the kids’ app market by opening up new opportunities for developers who are creating the most engaging and entertaining kid apps for an entire generation born mobile.”
The Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative:
The Samsung Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative is a collaborative effort with Samsung and Fingerprint designed to attract and inspire app developers from around the world to create new Android apps for kids. If chosen, developers will receive access to expanded distribution opportunities along with marketing and technical support to bring their app to an ever-sophisticated kids’ market. Select kids’ apps from top developers will be unveiled on the new Samsung kids’ network, powered by Fingerprint, early next year. The initiative hopes to attract new and well established developers designing best-in-class mobile play and learning games and interactive books in English and localized languages, that appeal to the digitally savvy 3-to-7 year old crowd and their parents.
With the launch of the Samsung Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative and through efforts with other partner networks,Fingerprint expects to bring 50 new developers from 20 countries to market in the next year. In total, Fingerprint expects to unveil 200 new gaming apps, plus 50 interactive stories in 2014 – ensuring that Fingerprint’s partner networks are the go-to destination for kids and their grownups around the world.
To learn more about the Samsung Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative, or Fingerprint’s developer funds, visit http://www.fingerprintplay.com/callforcontent.
Fingerprint is a mobile technology company offering a dynamic technology platform and robust content library for families with children through its own Fingerprint Play and customer networks. Fingerprint’s enterprise platform solution, with an easy-to-use SDK and curated play-and-learn content from top developers around the world, enables global brands to license and develop customized and localized networks of their own. Fingerprint is funded by leading consumer tech investors including Corus Entertainment and K2MediaLabs. For more information, visit http://www.fingerprintplay.com or http://www.facebook.com/fingerprintplay.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit http://www.samsung.com/.
(1) Report from United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): http://www.unescap.org/STAT/data/syb2011/region-fingertips/subreg-SEA.pdf
Source: Fingerprint; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland /PRNewswire/ — American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (“ACEI”) announced today that it has committed to invest up to $130 million in Azura Power Holdings Ltd. (“Azura”), the company responsible for developing the Azura-Edo power project in Edo State, Nigeria. With a goal of becoming the leading power development company in West Africa, Azura will utilize ACEI’s investment to fund the first and second phases of the Azura-Edo power project, pursue its greenfield development pipeline and future acquisitions, expand its team, and grow its construction and operational capabilities.
The Azura-Edo power project is a proposed 450MW open cycle gas turbine power station being developed near Benin City in Edo State and represents the first phase of a 1,000MW power plant facility. Azura and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc signed a groundbreaking power purchase agreement on April 22, 2013, which is being used as a template for other project-financed independent power producers in the country. The transaction was showcased by President Goodluck Jonathan as critical to the Nigerian power sector reform process. The first phase of the plant, which is targeted to reach financial close in early 2014 and come on stream in 2016/2017, is forecast to create over 1,000 direct jobs during its construction and operation. The project is expected to have a positive impact on the industrial and social wellbeing of the area, leading to further economic development and job creation.
Mr. Paul Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of ACEI, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce our investment in Azura, a good example of the type of investment in high growth platforms in the energy infrastructure space that we are targeting. Our investment is in recognition of the significant progress made by the Azura co-founders on the first phase of the Azura-Edo power project, the growth opportunities in the Nigerian and West African markets, and our confidence in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s power sector reform program.”
In June 2013, ACEI joined Power Africa, a United States Government initiative launched by President Obama that is focused on supporting economic growth and development in Africa by increasing clean and reliable access to electrical power. The United States Government along with the governments of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania, and private sector partners have coordinated to accelerate and spur investments in the continent. As a partner in the presidential initiative, ACEI is actively pursuing investments in African power companies to originate, develop, finance and operate regional energy infrastructure assets in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa, which, over the next four years, could reach $800 million in total investment.
“In line with our Power Africa efforts, ACEI is investing in the leading independent power producer platform in this key African market,” said Lisa Pinsley, ACEI Director of Africa Investments. “Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with one of the highest growth rates in the world. With a current population of over 170 million, the seventh largest in the world, Nigeria’s expanding economy suffers from a lack of power infrastructure. The United Nations estimates that Nigeria’s population will reach 230 million within the next 20 years, and the total grid-based power generation capacity must rise tenfold to 40,000MW to meet the demand. Azura is, and will continue to be, a key driver in this growth in capacity.”
Mr. Sundeep Bahanda, co-founder of Amaya Capital Partners, the lead sponsors of Azura, and Dr. David Ladipo, Managing Director of Azura said in a joint statement: “ACEI’s investment will exert a transformative impact on our business and accelerate Azura’s drive to create a flagship, multi-asset, power generation company. The development of Nigeria’s electricity supply industry is a vast undertaking that requires a long term commitment from all parties. Together with ACEI, the Federal Government of Nigeria, state governments and our partners and advisers, we are committed to the creation of an indigenous world class business that will provide electricity to the people of Nigeria and, in so doing, will boost the country’s industrial growth, its job creation and its social welfare.”
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
American Capital Energy & Infrastructure invests in global energy infrastructure assets, including power generation facilities, power distribution and transmission networks, energy transportation assets, fuel production opportunities and product and service companies focused on the power and energy sectors. ACEI is part of American Capital, Ltd.’s (Nasdaq: ACAS) (“American Capital”) asset management affiliate, American Capital Asset Management, LLC. For further information, please refer to http://www.ACEI.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure and structured products. American Capital manages $20 billion of assets, including assets on its balance sheet and fee earning assets under management by affiliated managers, with $117 billion of total assets under management (including levered assets). Through an affiliate, American Capital manages publicly traded American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) with approximately $10 billion of net book value and American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (Nasdaq: MTGE) with approximately $1 billion of net book value. From its eight offices in the U.S. and Europe, American Capital and its affiliate, European Capital, will consider investment opportunities from $10 million to $750 million. For further information, please refer to http://www.americancapital.com.
ABOUT AZURA POWER HOLDINGS LTD.
Founded by Amaya Capital Partners, Azura is a world-class power development company that was created to focus on the development, construction, acquisition and operation of power generation facilities in Nigeria and over time, West Africa. Azura utilizes its project development and financing skills, in addition to the capital and expertise of Amaya and its partners, to develop and acquire large scale gas-fired Independent Power Plants in Nigeria. For further information, please refer to http://www.azurawa.com.
ABOUT AMAYA CAPITAL PARTNERS
Amaya, established in 2009, is a principal investment firm focused on energy related projects in West Africa. Unlike a typical private equity fund, Amaya does not manage third party funds but rather invests as a principal from an early development stage in a pro-active manner using the capital, capabilities, and resources of its founders and associates. Amaya has interests in the gas and power sectors in Nigeria. For further information, please refer to http://www.amayacap.com.
Paul Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Santoroski, Managing Director
Rajeev Garside, Vice President
Lisa Pinsley, Director, Africa Investments
Source: American Capital Energy & Infrastructure
LONDON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a policy brief launched today, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has announced that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010), reaching 76 million in 2030 (66 million) and 135 million by 2050 (115 million).
The Policy Brief entitled ‘The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-2050′ reports a staggering 17% increase in global estimates of people living with dementia, compared to the original ADI estimates in the 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report.
Although high income countries like all those in G8 have borne the brunt of the dementia epidemic, the disease is a global phenomenon. In the next few decades the global burden of the disease will shift inexorably to low and middle income countries with 71% of those with dementia living in lower and middle-income countries by 2050.
Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI, comments, “At the eve of the G8 Dementia Summit in London, UK, it is not just the G8 countries, but all nations, that must commit to a sustained increase in dementia research.”
Professor Martin Prince, from King’s College London and author of the Policy Brief, says: “The governments of the world’s richest nations are focusing today upon dementia. This is a global problem that is, increasingly, impacting on developing countries with limited resources and little time to develop comprehensive systems of social protection, health and social care. While we all hope for advances in treatment that could blunt the impact of the coming epidemic, we need to agree now to work together to close the diagnosis and treatment gap. Nobody should be left without access to support and care.”
Most governments are woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic with only 13 countries implementing a national dementia plan. All governments should initiate a national dialogue regarding future provision and financing of long term care. There is an urgent need for a collaborative, global action plan for governments, industry and non-profit organisations like Alzheimer associations.
Research must become a global priority if we are to improve the quality and coverage of care, find treatments that alter the course of the disease and identify more options for prevention. Priority should be equally given to policymaking, health and social care service and health system development.
NOTES TO EDITOR
The full policy brief can be found here: http://www.alz.co.uk/G8policybrief
ADI’s G8 Alzheimer member associations will be present at the G8 Dementia Summit.
Available for interview
Professor Martin Prince, King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry
Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International
About Alzheimer’s Disease International
ADI is the international federation of 79 Alzheimer associations throughout the world. Each of our 79 members is a non-profit Alzheimer Association supporting people with dementia and their families. ADI was founded in 1984 and registered as a non-profit organisation in the USA. Based in London, ADI is in official relations with the WHO since 1996 and has consultative status with the UN since 2012.
ADI’s vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of global solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia and campaign for policy change from governments.
For more information, visit http://www.alz.co.uk.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Anastasia Psoma, Project Officer, Alzheimer’s Disease International
firstname.lastname@example.org / +44(0)7990-869-052
Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International
Only 29% of People With Diabetes Report That Their Doctors ask Them for Input for Their own Treatment Plans
MELBOURNE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Results from the global Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2™) presented today at a symposium during theWorld Diabetes Congressof the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), show that only 29% of people with diabetes report that their healthcare team ask for their input when making their treatment plans. Furthermore, only 33% said they were encouraged by their healthcare professional to ask questions in the consultation.
These results are surprising, given the importance of active involvement of people with diabetes in their own treatment and care. In fact, 84% of healthcare professionals who took part in the study said it would be helpful if their patients prepared questions in advance of the consultation.
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“People with diabetes who feel supported and capable of self-managing their condition are more likely to have a successful treatment outcome and therefore have the opportunity to live a better life with diabetes,” explained Ingrid Willaing, head of Education Research at the Steno Diabetes Center and lead national investigator for DAWN2™ in Denmark, during her symposium presentation. “The DAWN2™ study highlights that far too few people with diabetes are supported to take an active role”.
To help break down communication barriers and misconceptions about diabetes treatments and thereby improve effective self-management of type 2 diabetes, a theatre play called “Getting Straight to the Point” was held at the Congress on 4 December. Here, a panel of leading diabetes experts called for both healthcare professionals and people with type 2 diabetes to create opportunities for open dialogue, shared decision-making and active engagement for better physical and emotional outcomes.
A series of other global DAWN2™ results were announced during the Congress highlighting the insufficiencies relating to quality of life with diabetes, support for families, access to diabetes education and psychosocial support, positive awareness of diabetes in society and attention to the special needs of vulnerable populations with diabetes.
“The DAWN2™ study calls for united efforts across stakeholders and nations to advance a person-centred approach to improve prevention, care, education and support for people with diabetes and their families,” says Sir Michael Hirst, president of the International Diabetes Federation.
DAWN2™ represents the voices of more than 15,000 people with diabetes, their family members and healthcare professionals in 17 countries across 4 continents.
DAWN2™ is a global Novo Nordisk initiative conducted in collaboration with the IDF, the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), the Steno Diabetes Center and a range of other national, regional and global partners. The DAWN2™ results highlight opportunities for improving diabetes care, education and community support by putting people with diabetes and their families centre stage. The DAWN2™ study will be used internationally and nationally to facilitate dialogue among patient organisations, healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders to develop action plans for improvement of the lives of people with diabetes. Further information is available at http://www.dawnstudy.com.
About Novo Nordisk
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk employs approximately 37,000 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit novonordisk.com.
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Jannick Lindegaard (US)
1. I. Willaing, DAWN2™ Study Results: Involvement and Education. Oral Lecture, DAWN2™ Symposium, 5 December 2013, World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
Source: Novo Nordisk, DAWN2TM, International Diabetes Federation, Steno Diabetes Center
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On December 4, 2013 a new Pulkovo Terminal 1 has started operating. Its total area exceeds 110,000 sq. m and it has a maximum capacity of 17 million passengers per year.
In the new terminal there are 88 check-in counters, 110 passport control booths, and 7 baggage belts, one of which can alternatively handle the luggage of passengers arriving by domestic or international flights. The terminal is equipped with jetways, 45 elevators, and 17 escalators. In compliance with the requirements of a barrier-free environment the terminal facilities are fully accessible for the people with disabilities.
Restaurants, cafes, bars, Duty Free , and numerous shops take over 15,400 square meters of the new terminal.
On the landside, a four-star Park Inn Hotel by Radisson (215 rooms), a business center, a multilevel parking with 560 spaces, and a parking lot with more than 2300 spaces were built.
During phase 1 of the Pulkovo Airport development, aprons were renovated, and their total area increased from 250,000 sq.meters to 450,000 sq. meters. A light flight support building, a ground handling base, operational services buildings, two emergency and rescue stations, an energy center and other aerodrome infrastructure facilities were constructed.
Sergey Emdin, CEO, Northern Capital Gateway LLC:
“We simultaneously carried out the construction of the new central passenger terminal and made every effort for the creation of comfortable conditions in the existing terminals. The opening of the new state of the art terminal will provide for high quality services and tight airport security. We are now close to the incarnation of plans for Pulkovo airport to become a major hub in the Baltic region. This will not only provide for an expansion of the territory of flights and stimulate the future growth of Saint Petersburg’s tourism market, but will also increase the economic potential of the entire North West region.”
VTB Capital, Fraport AG, and Capelouzos Group constitute the international consortium Northern Capital Gateway (NCG) LLC. On April 29, 2010, Northern Capital Gateway started operational control of Pulkovo Airport. The company’s main tasks are management, development, and reconstruction of the airport. The Pulkovo modernization project is an example of successful public private partnership in Russia implemented without any state budget allocation. Project investment totals 1.2 billion euros.
Source: Northern Capital Gateway LLC