SSP has partnered with Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) to operate 17 units in Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new passenger terminal, in partnership with leading Bahraini business conglomerate Buhindi Group.
The units will feature a mix of local and international food and beverage brands, including Bahrain’s first Jamie’s Deli and Pizzeria from chef Jamie Oliver. There will also be a new rooftop terrace named Sama by Alto and a TGI Fridays.
Mark Angela, CCO of SSP Group and CEO of SSP EEME, said, “We’re delighted to be entering Bahrain for the first time and have been working closely with BAC’s team to develop the right mix of bespoke concepts, alongside an exciting range of local and international brands.
“The design of the new terminal at BIA is outstanding, and we are looking forward to welcoming new customers to our wonderful range of units next year.”
The new development is part of BIA’s US$1.1bn modernization program, which will see the creation of a new terminal. It will mean the size of the airport will expand to 11,600m² (124,900ft²), having the capacity to handle 14 million passengers once the new project is complete.
Ayman Zainal, chief commercial officer at BAC, added, “This is the first time we have gone to an external tender process for this type of activity, and we were delighted to receive a number of strong proposals. SSP offered a compelling range of brands and a well-considered mix of local and international names and we are delighted to be partnering with them in this new venture to help put Bahrain on the international aviation map.”