HMSHost to operate four F&B outlets at Rotterdam The Hague Airport

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Restaurateur HMSHost International, a subsidiary of catering company Autogrill, has taken over the management of four food and beverage (F&B) concessions at Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands in a deal worth €55m (US$61m) over 10 years.

Under the agreement, HMSHost will take over the restaurants from October 1, 2016, and will operate the existing concepts for the first 18 months, after which, in 2018, there will be a full restyling of the offering with the opening of four new concepts. The new brands will include Kiosko, a take-away food brand; La Place, renowned for its freshly prepared sandwiches and juices; Metropolitan Bar & Kitchen, a full-service restaurant; and a Starbucks café.

Walter Seib, CEO, HMSHost International, said, “HMSHost is determined to grow significantly in the airport and railway channels, so the Netherlands offers many opportunities. Thanks to our consolidated operations at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, we entered the railway station channel last year and are now keen to start up in Rotterdam The Hague too.

“This airport, which is aiming to become the best regional hub in the Netherlands and one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, is in an important phase of growth, with plans to increase the number of destinations served and completely renew the landside, a development in which HMSHost will be one of the main players.”

Rotterdam The Hague Airport served approximately 1.7 million passengers in 2015 making it the third biggest airport in the Netherlands

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