A new contractual agreement between Exeter International Airport and the catering operator SSP for a period of five years will trigger an investment of over £300,000 and roll out a series of new catering projects.
The improvements to the airport’s catering facilities will follow the move of the main catering facility to air-side earlier in the year and will include the development of a gourmet coffee shop in the departure lounge and the refurbishment of the first floor bar which has views of the runway and aircraft parking areas. The work will also include the expansion of the very successful land-side Caffe Ritazza coffee shop which was introduced to the concourse in the spring of 2007.
The improvements will begin after Christmas and completion is due before Easter 2008. The intention is for the work to be carried out with the minimum disruption to the passenger experience.
Jamie Christon, the airport’s Commercial Director, said; “With 123 airports in their portfolio and with more than 60 years’ experience, SSP can draw on pool of expertise and operational knowledge. We are delighted with the new deal which allows us to plan for the future and help us build the airport of choice for people of the south west.”
The optimum mix of design and layout is chosen for every SSP site and they will use their location-specific development and design model for Exeter Airport. The catering specialist will draw on their information about consumers, site traffic and logistical matters and they intend to deliver results that will exceed the consumers’ expectations.