BAHRAIN. SSP has signed an agreement with the Bahraini Minister of Transportation HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed for the operation of 17 F&B outlets in the new terminal of Bahrain International Airport.

As reported, the F&B operator had reached an agreement for the 10-year contract, which will see a number of regional firsts introduced at the airport. The first TGI Fridays in an airport in the Gulf and the region’s first Jamie’s Deli & Pizzeria are both set to open as part of the agreement.

Bahrain Airport Company CEO Mohammed Yousif Al Binfalah, Bahraini Minister of Transportation HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed and SSP EEME Managing Director George Antoniou at the signing with officials from all three companies

SSP EEME Managing Director George Antoniou said the F&B company was aiming to create “the best airport experience in the region”.

He continued: “With our strong range of bespoke, local and international brands and cutting-edge design, our intention is to create an openhearted environment that captures the true spirit of hospitality and heritage of Bahrain culture. The design of the new terminal at Bahrain International Airport is outstanding, and we are looking forward to welcoming new customers to our magnificent range of units that will cement our reputation in this important market.”

SSP will also introduce Bahraini concept Lumee, coffee brand Illy Caffe, Bahrain’s first Millie’s Cookies, local favourite Ya Salam, Italian brand Levito, Burger King, KFC, Indian concept Jaipur Café, Upper Crust, Camden Food Co and Ritazza to the new terminal.

The new terminal is on track to open in March 2020

Mohammed added that the agreement would help fulfil the airport’s aim of meeting evolving passenger needs when the new terminal opens in March 2020. “Having the right tenants and service providers in place is essential to meet the objectives of the Airport Modernisation Programme and the needs of passengers travelling through Bahrain International Airport,” he said.

“The new passenger terminal building’s well-considered mix of F&B outlets, which are spread across 3,150sq m in the departures areas, will play an important role in transforming Bahrain International Airport into a commercial hub and a driver of growth for the national economy, in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. With several leading global brands making their regional debut, Bahrain International Airport will become a leading dining destination.”

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