SSP DFA Brazil to open a selection of restaurants at Salvador Bahia Airport

Passengers at Salvador Bahia Airport will soon have the opportunity to dine at seven high-quality restaurants and food and beverage outlets as part of a new partnership between SSP and Duty-Free Americas (DFA) called SSP DFA Restaurantes Brasil Ltda. Under the new joint venture, a number of international and local brands will open at the airport.

SSP is a leading travel food operator and runs operations at over 125 airports in 33 countries. With more than 50 years of experience in the market, SSP serves around 1.5 million customers per day. DFA has more than 180 units worldwide and operates Salvador Airport’s international duty-free store. From June, it will also run the Duty Paid store in the new boarding area, a 780 m² walk-through facility.

The new deal is expected to help the airport achieve its new commercial vision to offer a better retail experience to passengers. “SSP brings expertise to add more high-quality options to our airport while DFA offers sound knowledge of the Brazilian market,” said Marc Gordien, Commercial Director of Salvador Airport.

Chris Rayner, CEO of SSP Latin America, said: “We’re delighted to have reached an agreement to open seven new restaurants in Salvador Airport. We’re looking forward to supporting Salvador Airport with their exciting plans to upgrade the passenger experience.”

DFA President Leon Falic said: “We at DFA are very enthusiastic about SSP DFA Restaurantes Brasil Ltda., our joint venture company, and the new agreement with Vinci Airports at Salvador. The new restaurants, together with our DFA Duty Free and DFA Duty Paid Stores, will provide a unique sense of place experience for passengers going through Salvador Airport. We are committed and continue to work towards providing unique and memorable experiences for travellers.”

Ritazza, the Italian espresso bar with a presence at international airports including Oslo, Norway, is one of the key brands due to open at Salvador Airport. It will be joined by Italian restaurant Barzetti, Mexican-themed concept Mi Casa Burritos, baked goods specialists Millie’s and healthy eating brand Haven. The layout and menu of the outlets will be adapted to suit regional trends and tastes. New local brands will also be announced shortly.

The units will be distributed between the land-side Food Court and the airside area, both in the new commercial spaces in arrivals and in departures.