Airport operator calls for new F&B concepts for billion-euro redevelopment project

A public procurement procedure has opened to find F&B operators for Finland’s largest international airport in Helsinki.

The tender, which is managed by airport operator Finavia, will be executed according to the EU Concession Directive and includes a total of 13 new commercial spaces for retail and food & beverage.

The company has put out a call for operators interested in exploring the opportunities to bring their concept to the facility.

Finavia has billion-euro development programme in progress at the airport. The terminal space will increase by 45 per cent, expanding by a total of 103,000 square metres. With the programme, Finavia is preparing to serve 30 million passengers per year by 2030.

Elena Stenholm, commercial director and VP of Finavia at Helsinki Airport, said: “Helsinki Airport ranks as the best airport in Northern Europe. We are known for our continuously developing airport and we work hard with our partners to offer our air passengers as smooth and memorable a customer experience as possible. Our 20 million annual passengers in 2018 and anticipated strong passenger growth will offer an interesting and international customer base for any commercial operator.”

Under the current public procurement procedure, there are 13 commercial spaces available, totalling 1,081 square meters. Twelve of them are new and located in the up-coming Helsinki Airport T2-terminal Non-Schengen area and one of them already exists in the Schengen area.

Spaces reserved for Food & Beverage include a smoothie bar, a luxury tea-house, a champagne bar and a café. Depending on the location, they will open in autumn 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2021.

“The driving forces behind all commercial services at Helsinki Airport are high quality, diversity of offering and personal service excellence. As an international airport, we pay a lot of attention to the needs and preferences of many different nationalities, which is of particular relevance to the extending Non-Schengen terminal, with its fast-growing Asian and European clientele. We also aim to create a true Sense of Place and this will be clearly seen in the upcoming commercial offering as well as in visual, conceptual and digital solutions”, added Stenholm.

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