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September 5, 2019

Kraków Airport selects TDS for commercial spaces transformation

Poland’s Kraków John Paul II International Airport has selected London-based design specialists The Design Solution (TDS) to transform commercial spaces across its terminal.

Poland’s Kraków John Paul II International Airport has selected London-based design specialists The Design Solution (TDS) to transform commercial spaces across its terminal.

The airport has unveiled a master plan, which includes the expansion of its passenger terminal by 50% in order to welcome an estimated 12 million yearly passengers.

TDS will be responsible for the expansion’s commercial planning while Polish company PIG Architekci has been selected for its design.

The masterplan includes the construction of a new runway, extension of the apron and terminal building and relocation of the cargo facility.

Kraków Airport director of aviation and commercial services Pawel Galiak said: “We are convinced that, thanks to The Design Solution’s commitment to the project, we will be able to provide our passengers with the best balance between maximising the non-aero revenues and the best possible passenger experience.”

Galiak noted that the transformation of all commercial space must address the expectations of the airport’s future passengers.

He added: “The approach taken in the early planning, as well as the presented commercial solutions, are evidence that our cooperation with a company that has such an extensive knowledge and worldwide experience will pay off for Krakow Airport.”

TDS said it is planning the commercial area as a sinuous street, wide enough to allow planning for passengers’ seating, promotional pop-up experiences and event areas while narrow enough to allow them to browse and shop at both sides.

TDS managing director Robbie Gill said: “Many European regional airports have experienced strong traffic growth through the rise of the low cost carriers.

“Kraków is a powerful example of the challenges that such airlines face to simultaneously develop their capacity and ensure that the commercial planning enables them to fully exploit the commercial opportunities provided by that traffic growth.”

All work is expected to be completed in 2026.

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