East Midlands Airport unveils new food court in time for half term holiday rush

East Midlands Airport has today opened its brand new food court within the terminal building. Housing three new catering outlets, the new area is set to see over 77,000 passengers during the half term holiday, next week.

Marking the completion of the second phase of the 12 million terminal redevelopment, the new food court offers a mixture of food and beverage products through outlets Burger King, Flat White and Castle Rock Taproom and Kitchen.

Over the half term holiday, 77,800 passengers are expected to pass through the terminal, an increase of 2.5% when compared to the previous year. Sunday 16th February is expected to be the busiest day with Tenerife, Malaga, Alicante, Lanzarote and Dublin being the firm favourites for destinations.

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director East Midlands Airport said: “We are delighted that the new catering outlets are now up and running in the departure lounge and in time for the busy half term holidays. We’re expecting a 2.5% increase in passengers for the first official school holiday of 2014 and we’re pleased to be offering a great selection of places to eat.”

The new catering outlets are operated by HMS Host Corporation, owned by Autogrill S.P.A, a world leader in operating food and beverage concessions in airports and all boast modern design, a relaxing environment and a great range of food and drink products.

Michiel Reuvers, Sr. Director Business Development said: “As global airport restaurateur, we are very excited to bring these new restaurants to East Midlands Airport. Both Castle Rock Taproom and Flat White are great new concepts and with Burger King we are sure we will further delight the appetite of the passengers”

Already operating the Pork & Pickle English Delicatessen and coffee shop Flat White, HMS Host have provided a variety of branded concepts, whilst bringing the region’s heritage and produce closer to the 4.2million people who travel through the airport.

New to the airport is the first Castle Rock Taproom and Kitchen, a unique bar concept which celebrates Nottingham-based Castle Rock Brewery and offers a wide selection of locally produced food and drinks.

Colin Wilde, Managing Director Castle Rock Brewery said: "For us to see our locally brewed Harvest Pale on sale in the departure area at East Midlands Airport, the region's leading international venue, gives us a feeling of great pride. Autogrill's determination to involve a local supplier such as Castle Rock gives UK and East Midlands passengers a chance to enjoy that last bit of home before flying away. More importantly, perhaps, it gives our international visitors a reminder of all that is good about East Midlands food and drink giving them an incentive to return."

In December 2013, the airport partially opened its new security hall, having invested an additional 1.5million in this area. The full security hall and queuing space is expected to be opened in April, with the next phase of retail space expected to open in time for the busy summer season.

Andy Cliffe continued: “Our passengers are now starting to see the changes that are coming online as we complete each phase. It‘s important that we continue to develop our facilities and services to meet the expectations of our customers. We are now looking ahead to fully opening the security hall and the retail space, so that passengers can enjoy the new shops in time for summer.”

Published on: 14/02/2014 14:16:54

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