Three major new contract wins for SSP Spain

SSP News Release 7-December-2011

SSP Spain consolidates strong market position with agreement of ten year €250 million deal at Tenerife South and wins at Ibiza and Gran Canaria. 

SSP has successfully retained the contracts to run all twelve food and beverage outlets at Tenerife South Reina Sofia Airport, two outlets at Ibiza Airport and three outlets at Gran Canaria Airport.

At Tenerife, a selection of new brands designed to reflect the landscape and the cuisine of the popular holiday island will be introduced as part of a redevelopment of the terminal. A number of existing units featuring leading brands which have traded successfully at Tenerife over many years will be redesigned.

On a sunny boulevard outside the terminal there will be a new Gambrinus bar. From the Heineken stable of leading beer brands, Gambrinus will serve a range beers, alongside a menu of classic Spanish tapas, including jamón ibérico and tortilla de patata and ensaladilla rusa. 

Inside the terminal in the check-in hall, SSP will open a new grill restaurant, named El Teide, after the island’s famous volcano. SSP has joined forces with the leading Canary Island culinary school, Hecansa, to develop the menus for this new restaurant, and dishes that will feature include a choice of dishes typical of the region. Here passengers will also be able to visit Burger King, and a Café y Tapas. In the arrivals area, an existing Caffè Ritazza will be refurbished.

Airside there will be a free-flow restaurant called La Montana Roja. Named in tribute to the island’s Special Nature Reserve which is home to over 100 species of birds, the restaurant will feature large windows affording dramatic views over the runways, the mountain and the sea beyond. A new food court will incorporate a Caffè Ritazza, an Upper Crust, a Burger King and sausage concept Currywurst. New to the airport, Currywurst was chosen for its appeal to the airport’s many German visitors.

In the boarding gate area, there will be an O’Learys Sports Bar. This brand, which originated in Sweden, is expected to be particularly popular with Scandinavian travellers to Tenerife. A SOHO Coffee Co. coffee shop, a Café y Té and a second Gambrinus bar will complete the line-up. 

‘We have been operating at Tenerife South for 22 years and this airport was where the history of SSP Spain began,’ said Blanca Ripoll, managing director of SSP’s Spanish operation. ‘It is therefore not only commercially very important to us, but our long heritage at the airport means it is particularly gratifying to continue our operations at this important tourist destination. This new offer is a sound commercial proposition that promises to deliver solid returns. It combines the name our passengers know and love, with new concepts that will continue to ensure that we excite and delight visitors to Tenerife.’  The redevelopment project will be completed by the summer of 2013, and the new facilities will employ 200 people.

Meanwhile SSP has also sealed a significant deal to operate two new units at Ibiza Airport. The Burger King currently operated by SSP will be relocated and extended. This will be complemented by a Gambrinus bar.

These two brands were carefully chosen to maximise trading at the airport. They will open between April and October, and will appeal to a wide spectrum of passengers. ‘Burger King has long been a popular brand with the visitors to Ibiza,’ said Blanca Ripoll. ‘The new on-trend Gambrinus bar, will bring the fashionable Ibiza set an up-beat offer that blends the tradition of Spain with contemporary international style.’

Both units will open in Spring next year, and 50 staff will be employed by SSP over the summer period.

These latest wins came hot on the heels of another Spanish success, when SSP secured a contract to continue to operate a number of outlets at Gran Canaria Airport.

The company, which has been the sole food and beverage operator at the airport for 18 years, will shortly be opening a bar called Canary TROPICAL, which has been created in partnership with local brewing company Compañía Cervecera de Canarias. The new outlet will serve a selection of the region’s best known dishes together with local beers, and has been specifically designed to appeal to Canary islanders visiting the airport. There will also be a new Caffè Ritazza, and the existing Upper Crust will be refurbished. 

The new outlets have been chosen to complement an existing Starbucks and Burger King, and will reflect the company’s plans to use and promote local products and local recipes.  





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