Food and beverage (F&B) specialist SSP has announced a joint venture with Qatar Airways’ subsidiary Qatar Duty Free to operate 11 F&B outlets at the new Hamad International Airport, Doha. The project will be SSP’s first business venture in Qatar and is for a seven-year term, worth over US$190million in revenue.
SSP says the new outlets, which will begin trading towards the end of 2013, will include a number of internationally brands alongside a selection of its own concepts, in a mix that
has been designed: “to appeal to the airport’s cosmopolitan visitors,” of which a large proportion are Transit passengers.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker commented: “We are delighted to
enter into this significant strategic partnership with SSP to operate food and beverage outlets at Hamad International Airport, the State of Qatar’s brand new airport in Doha. SSP has shared our vision for the airport and has really delivered an outstanding mix of brands that will fit with our passenger mix. The outlets will cater to a diverse customer base, young and old, visiting or flying through this great new iconic airport which is set to become fully operational by the end of the year when Qatar Airways moves its entire
operations to the new facility.”
The new deal was signed in February by SSP CEO Andrew Lynch and Keith Hunter, Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President in Doha,