SSP HAS secured a multi-million pound deal to operate five cafés and restaurants at London City Airport, commencing on April 1, 2011. Two new cafés will begin trading by the summer, and three existing outlets will be refurbished and enhanced during a programme scheduled to be completed this August.
SSP says that passengers will be able to choose between: “high quality bespoke bar and restaurant offers, designed to meet the needs of the discerning City Airport traveller and the tastes of the unique mix of travellers.”
The food and beverage specialist says that at the City Bar and Grill, an extensive wine list will feature some of the world’s finest wines such as Château Pétrus. It also claims that a: “world-class selection of beers” will be available including a “range of premium European lagers” to appeal to the broad spectrum of clientele, together with locally brewed beers from “renowned micro-brewery, Meantime”. The company says that: “Service innovation and technology are at the core of the new offer” and that passengers will be able to order food and pre-book dining prior to departure, via staff equipped with hand-held devices across the terminal.
The new facilities will also include two Panopolis bakeries, one located landside and one airside. This new development marks the brand’s debut at a UK airport.
Tony Keating, CEO of SSP UK said the successful proposals were based on SSP’s extensive knowledge of the airport consumer, founded in the company’s detailed programme of consumer research as well as specific understanding of the traveller at City Airport. “We are providing world-class innovation in food quality, supported by a high quality service proposition. We are delighted to be joining forces with City Airport at this exciting time in its development.”
Commenting on the new venture Richard Gooding OBE, Chief Executive of London City Airport said: “We warmly welcome SSP into the London City Airport family. SSP’s service and dining offerings will complement and further enhance our passenger experience.”
All staff currently employed at the existing bars and restaurants will be retained by SSP.