AUSTRIA. SSP’s new five-year contract to operate food & beverage outlets at Vienna International Airport’s new Skylink Terminal will take to 30 the number of countries in which the specialist F&B operator has a presence.

When Vienna’s new terminal opens in June 2009 the facility will feature a large SSP-operated food court. Developed in partnership with Meinl and branded “˜Meinl to go’, the food court will also feature a café serving a wide range of coffees for which the Austrian capital is renowned.

“Vienna Airport was looking for something typically Austrian for its new terminal, and we were delighted to be able to offer one of Vienna’s most prestigious names as part of our brand portfolio,” said SSP Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and India CEO Johann Weinzettl.

“Our airport experience and our ability to adapt the brand for this market means that we’re proud to be able to take the Meinl brand to a totally new audience. A combination of international know-how and local culinary expertise certainly helped us to win this business in the face of strong competition,” he added.

“We did not initially have any ambitions to operate in Vienna Airport,” said Meinl Managing Director Udo Kaubek. “However when SSP explained their operational capabilities, and demonstrated to me their proven track record in taking leading brands such as Marks and Spencer Simply Food and Caviar House & Prunier into travel environments, I was certain that they were the best partner to help me grow my business in this sector. We have very exciting plans for our business at Vienna Airport and I am looking forward to working with SSP to deliver them.”

The new Skylink Terminal will also feature a Panopolis bakery. The premium bakery brand is already operating successfully at Zürich Airport and is soon to be launched at Hong Kong International Airport.

“We developed Panopolis to meet the needs of customers who want a premium product in a comfortable, travel-friendly environment,” said Panopolis Brand Director Chris Burton.

“As well as a food range that we believe is unrivalled in quality and variety, Panopolis offers such useful touches as plentiful charging points for laptops and phones, and adequate space for hand luggage. We believe a great food & beverage offer can play a key role in a customer’s overall airport experience.”

Commenting on the contract award, Flughafen Wien AG Management Board Member Christian Domany said: “The concepts we have chosen for our new terminal will underscore the uniqueness of Vienna International Airport and strengthen our position among international airports as a top player.”

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