Airport shops lose out in new terminal

Ian Guider

The Cork Airport Authority yesterday announced the winners of the tender process to operate shops, cafes and a bar at the new terminal.

The largest concession for a restaurant and a bar worth E100 million over 10 years, went to HMS Host (a subsidiary of Italian firm Autogrill which runs concession in more than 40 airports). The existing concession for food is held by the Kylemore group.

A spokesperson for the airport said the tender process was open to any companies to submit proposals to run the concessions in the new terminal.

"We look forward to having a number of top quality concession partners in the new terminal when it opens early in 2006. Passengers will be able to relax and experience a variety of outlets and services while waiting for their flights," the airport's chairman Joe Gantly said in a statement.

HMS Host says it plans a variety of new dining options. This includes the Rebels Bar, an Irish themed pub, and the Cork Food Market, which will be modelled on the city's English Food Market.

HMS Host also plans to build a coffee shop in the arrivals area, which it says "will showcase global gourmet coffee beverages."

Irish bookseller Hughes & Hughes will open two stores in the terminal one in arrivals and another in the departures lounge. Each shop will have outlets of the Hughes & Hughes-owned Insomnia coffee bar chain.

Fast food chain Subway has also won a concession to operate as has Londis, which will open a 395 square-metre shop near the check-in area of the new building.

The new terminal will cost up to E160m, is much larger than the existing facility and is due to open early next year. Around E80m is being spent on the 25,000 sq-metre terminal building with the rest spent on a multi-storey car park and other infrastructure.

When complete, it will be capable of handling up to 4.5 million people a year.

More than two million people passed through the doors of Cork International Airport in 2004 and the figures for the first half of this year is 17% ahead of the same period a year ago.

Nearly 30 destinations to Europe are served from the airport.

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