SSP makes debut in New Zealand with contract win at Christchurch International Airport


SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has secured an eight-year deal to run five outlets at Christchurch International Airport. This will mark SSP’s first foray into the New Zealand market, expanding the company’s footprint in the high-growth Asia Pacific region.

While the brand line-up is yet to be announced, it will bring a fresh approach to food and beverage at the airport and will feature concepts that have been developed in close partnership with the Christchurch team to showcase strong local brands and demonstrate a sense of place. It will include a bespoke café, an ‘iconic’ bar and casual dining offer, two tailor-made concepts that will celebrate the essence of the Christchurch culinary scene, and a ‘quick service restaurant’. Digital touchscreens and order-at-table options will ensure that ordering is efficient and convenient for customers.

Commenting on the deal, Jonathan Robinson, CEO of SSP Asia Pacific, said the win was testament to SSP Asia Pacific’s capability in the region, particularly in Australasia: “The Asia Pacific region offers a significant opportunity to build returns and drive growth, and this deal is a fantastic foundation for our operations in a truly exciting territory. We will be working in close collaboration with the airport to create sustainable offers that excite and delight our customers. Our global perspective coupled with our strong local expertise was also instrumental in winning this prestigious new contract, and we very much look forward to developing our operations here in Christchurch and beyond.”

Chief Executive of Christchurch Airport Justin Watson says the airport has enjoyed a busy summer, with the return of its international airlines plus a new direct service to America bringing increasing numbers of passengers to the city. “This is an important part of our wider refresh of our food and beverage offering, to give us a suite of offerings to meet all our customer needs. It is important to have a range of great modern food and beverage options to reflect not only the broad international spectrum of our customers, but also their tastes and preferences. We see SSP as a strong fit for us, backed by a proven track record of delivering wonderful offerings including in several large Australian airports.”

 SSP’s expansion into a new market in Asia Pacific follows the news earlier this year that the company has signed a deal to extend its presence in Australia with the proposed acquisition of airport food and beverage operator, ARE.