Lead 8 has been selected as the lead design architect for the $2.5bn SkyCity Airport RDE complex at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Lead 8 has been chosen based on its recent designs that integrate transportation, retail and dining for landmark developments.

To be developed by New World Development Company, the SkyCity complex will have a gross floor area of 350,000m² and parking spaces for 2,800 cars.

SkyCity will feature retail complexes, transport terminals, restaurants, entertainment facilities, office towers and hotels.

Los Angeles World Airports has awarded a $4.9bn contract to the LAX Integrated Express Solutions consortium to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an automated people mover (APM) system at Los Angeles International Airport.

The consortium comprises Bombardier Transportation, ACS Infrastructure Development, Fluor Enterprises, HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America, HDR, and Balfour Beatty Investments.

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Pre-construction works are expected to begin later this year, while construction of the remaining facilities will start in 2019. The APM project is scheduled for completion in 2023.

“Dutch firm Deerns Group has secured a KD10.19m ($33.6m) contract to provide management and supervision services at Kuwait International Airport.”

The APM project will provide better experience for passengers and improve sustainability at the airport.

Information technology provider SITA has been selected by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to install biometric solutions at Orlando international airport in the US.

The company will deploy the US Customs & Border Protection Biometric Entry and Exit Program at the airport.

SITA’s Smart Path biometric technology will be installed at 64 boarding lanes and 30 international boarding gates.

The contract also includes delivery of technology solutions, professional services, hardware and maintenance services.

Ground handling solutions provider Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata) has purchased a majority interest in DUBZ, a baggage storage and delivery service company based in Dubai.

The acquisition will enable dnata to introduce new services, which will allow passengers to receive their boarding passes from their home or hotel and make use of a home baggage check-in service.

dnata’s vehicles will be equipped with GPS tracking, while its facilities will have live CCTV screening.

The home check-in service will be initially offered to flydubai, Saudia and flynas passengers.

Dutch firm Deerns Group has secured a KD10.19m ($33.6m) contract to provide management and supervision services at Kuwait International Airport.

Deerns will develop meteorological systems, specialised communication, as well as navigation and surveillance systems for air traffic management applications in collaboration with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR).

The company will also partner with Al-Nabhan Engineering Consultancy to provide logistical support.

The five-year contract has been awarded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Kuwait.