The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), the operator of Ontario International Airport, California, has marked the US$6m transformation of the airport’s dining concessions with a festive celebration, including menu tastings and a bar christening by Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
The new additions from restaurateur Delaware North include a Rock & Brews bar – co-founded by Simmons and Stanley – and popular brands including Einstein Bros bagels, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Wolfgang Puck’s WPizza, Cross Grain Brewhouse and Harvest & Grounds.
Alan D Wapner, president of the OIAA, said, “Since the transition to local control less than two years ago, we have worked tirelessly to develop Ontario International Airport into Southern California’s newest aviation gateway, and we have achieved much success in a short time.
“Month after month, passengers are choosing Ontario in increasing numbers and it is critical that we offer high-quality food and beverage options that help to create airport experiences.
“Working in collaboration with our concessionaire, Delaware North, we can deliver a dining experience that meets our customers’ expectations with well-known, successful brands offering a wide variety of delicious menu items,” Wapner added.
Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North’s travel division, said, “We know these new dining options at Ontario Airport will resonate with guests because they offer both a taste of Southern California, and globally recognized brands that travelers love. Whether it’s enjoying a fresh taco at Wahoo’s Fish Taco, or taking in the exciting atmosphere of Rock & Brews, there is something for everyone.”
The agreement with Delaware North is expected to generate net revenue of approximately US$13m over 10 years for the OIAA. Product prices charged to customers will not be more than 10% above the non-airport price for food and beverage, down from 18% under the previous concession agreement.