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SSP and Bordeaux Airport sign a 10-year contract


SSP and Bordeaux Airport sign a 10-year contract: Bars and restaurants to be completely redesigned in Bordeaux. Work to start in early 2014.

SSP, a global leader in restaurant services on transport sites, has won a contract for a period of 10 years for the operation of eight new units at Bordeaux Airport from January. The contract provides for a programme of investment and the bars and restaurant  will be completely redesigned. They will open from the first quarter of 2014. 

Located in the heart of the Aquitaine region, Bordeaux Airport is the fifth busiest airport in France in terms of traffic, recording one of the highest growth rates among provincial airports. 

Commenting on the new contract, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP said “This important contract will help give passengers a wide range of services. We are very pleased to work with our partners in Bordeaux to offer an airport restaurant service combining local products and international brands.”

Airport Director Pascal Personne added: “I welcome this partnership with SSP which combines our mutual ambitions. The opening of these new restaurant areas is part of our ongoing commitment to satisfy our passengers. SSP provides concepts which are unique and original in France and created especially for Bordeaux Airport. This should appeal to many customers.”

Alongside international brands and retailers of national prominence, there will be two cafes and a bar created specifically for the airport. In Hall A, there will be a Starbucks, a cafe specially designed for Bordeaux Airport called Le Café des Grands Hommes, and the French brasserie Le Grand Comptoir. In Hall B there will be two tailor-made concepts, the Ostréa bar and the Barista coffee shop. This offering will be supplemented by two outlets Brioche Dorée and Selecta vending machines.

  • A key element of the terminal is the Ostréa bar which is inspired by bars on the Bay of Arcachon on the Atlantic coast, and has been specially designed to attract business travellers. Here, travellers can sample traditional Bordelaise cuisine, including oysters from a well-known local oyster farmer, Joël Dupuch.
  • Le Café des Grands Hommes has been designed as a focal point.
    The name of the cafe is derived from the famous Place des Grands Hommes in Bordeaux. On offer will be a wide range of local products, including a selection of Bordeaux wines.
  • The new Starbucks will be located at the entrance of the low-cost Billi terminal. Since its arrival in France in 2004, the Starbucks brand has continued to gain ground, and today has more than 80 outlets, ten of which are managed by SSP.
  • The SSP brasserie brand, Le Grand Comptoir, was established in France and is today an international success in the United States and Norway. The elegant restaurant will feature a menu created by a locally renowned chef, Nicolas Lascombes, with several dishes from the Bordeaux region.
  • The contemporary Barista coffee shop was created in partnership with the prestigious brand Nespresso. Customers will be welcomed at a colourful counter where they will be able to choose their favourite Nespresso. With a decor of dark wood, old leather and copper and different styles of seating, the coffee shop will provide an oasis of comfort for travellers.
  • Two Brioche Dorée outlets will offer a wide selection of sandwiches and pastries which should particularly attract people passing through Bordeaux Airport or who are working there.

SSP will also be responsible for the business centre restaurant services, events catering and the Selecta vending machines. With over 150,000 vending machines serving more than 6 million customers per day, Selecta is a leading brand of vending machines.

About SSP

SSP is the leading caterer on transport sites. SSP operates restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounge and convenience stores at airports, train stations, motorway service stations and entertainment and events locations. With over 60 years of experience, SSP currently employs 30,000 employees, providing more than 1 million services each day. SSP is present in more than 140 airports, 250 train stations and operates 2,100 sales outlets in 30 countries worldwide.

SSP has a large portfolio of retail outlets, selling more than 200 international, national and local brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, Burger King, M&S
Simply Food, Millie's Cookies, O 'Learys, Caviar House & Prunier and major Asian retailers: Aijsen Ramen and Saboten and superb custom concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Café in Geneva and the award-winning Center bar in Zurich.

SSP’s brand portfolio is tailored to local specifics, depending on the profiles of travellers, consumer expectations, types of location, as well as the size and design.

About Bordeaux Airport 

- Passenger traffic 2012 = 4,380,000 passengers

- Since the beginning of the year (from 1 January to 30 November),
traffic at Bordeaux Airport has increased by 4.3%, giving it one of the among the highest growth rates among major French regional airports. More than 4.5 million passengers are expected in 2013.
In 3 years (2009-2012), Bordeaux Airport has gained an additional 1,100,000 passengers, giving it a growth rate of 33.6%.

- Up to 80 destinations are served by direct flights, while 11 new flights have been announced for 2014.

- The airport platform now has more than 7,500 employees and around one hundred companies.