Travelex will open a foreign currency exchange near the baggage claim area in the main terminal at Albany International Airport, which means the exchange will be open to the public without having to pass through TSA. It opened Tuesday.
It can be used by non-flyers. Travelers will also be able to pre-order currency on-line and pick it up before their flight. The current currency exchange is only available to ticketed passengers.

Travelex is the world’s largest non-bank foreign currency exchange provider with over 200 locations in the U.S. The Airport’s Foreign Currency Exchange had previously been located in the Airport Business Center on the second floor of the main terminal.  All customers had been required to obtain a “gate pass” and pass through the TSA’s Security Checkpoint to gain access.

“We believe partnering with Travelex and relocating the Foreign Currency Exchange to the first level of the terminal will provide quick and easy access for our travelers and enable the general public to have unhindered access to exchange currency,” said Rev. Kenneth J. Doyle, Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority, in a statement.

The Travelex store will be open every day from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Customers can park free for up to 30 minutes in the Airport’s Short-Term parking lot while making their currency transactions.

“We are quite pleased to expand our relationship with Albany International Airport as this opening will help grow our brand’s presence and, more importantly, provide a convenient solution for people traveling abroad,” said Chris McShane, President of Travelex Currency Services Inc.

Travelex can exchange all tradable currencies and will maintain a stock of the top 25 international currencies including the Euro, British Pound Sterling, Canadian Dollars, Mexican Pesos, Swiss Francs, Japanese Yen, Chinese Renminbi and Australian Dollars.  Should a customer wish to purchase currencies that are considered more exotic, Travelex can have them made available the following business day.

Travelers and the general public will also be able to pre-order currency on-line and pick it up at the Travelex store before their departure or alternatively, have it delivered directly to their home.

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Opportune for summer travel, the new Travelex store offers a convenient way for consumers to purchase and pick-up foreign currency prior to their travels abroad. Travelex will provide services such as foreign currency exchange, international wires and drafts and the popular Multi- Currency Cash Passport MasterCard®, a prepaid chip and PIN protected foreign currency card. The card can be used everywhere MasterCard®, is accepted, at over 2 million ATM machines and 35 million other locations. Customers will be able to load the card with Euros, British Pounds, Australian Dollars, Japanese Yen and Canadian Dollars.

Airport Customers will also be able to purchase travel insurance from Travelex. Encountering the unexpected is often a part of travel ranging from airline cancelations, delays and lost baggage to emergency medical evacuation. Travelex offers a variety of travel protection plans to meet the challenges of today's travel and help individuals and families enjoy a worry-free trip.

For more information on Travelex or to locate a Travelex retail store, visit www.travelex.com.

About Travelex:  Founded in 1976, Travelex is the world’s leading foreign exchange specialist.  We serve our customers online and through our network of over 1,350 stores and 1,200 ATMs across 26 countries, at key airport, seaport, rail and tourist locations. Travelex provides cash and pre-paid cards to over 37 million retail customers each year. Over 40% of the world’s travelers – 1.7 billion passengers a year – pass through airports where Travelex operates including the major gateways at Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York , Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.  Every hour, Travelex provides foreign currency to more than 2,000 customers.