VASCO: The airport director Bhupesh Chand Hans Negi has disclosed that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has come out with a policy to appoint master concessionaire for retail; and food and beverages (F&B) for some few airports in India and in line with this policy the Goa International Airport had floated tenders to select the best in class agencies.
He was speaking to the pressmen at Dabolim airport on Tuesday during the inaugural ceremony of F and B.
There are about 36 outlets to be commissioned at Dabolim airport wherein the Travel Food Services, India’s leading Travel, Food and Retail Company had won the contract for the next four years in a heavily contested bid wherein the company has decided to revamp the dining facilities and raise them to the international standards.
The inaugural function was attended by the chairman of Travel Food Services Sunil Kapur, executive director (commercial) corporate headquarters AAI K L Sharma and other officials of the AAI.
“The AAI functioning under the Ministry of Civil Aviation is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India is on mission of revamping the customer experience across airports in India. In an attempt to upgrade passenger experience of Goa airport, among several others measures, AAI has come out with a policy to appoint master concessionaire for Retail and F and B for select airports. In line with this policy, Goa International Airport had floated tenders to select the best in class agencies”, said Negi.
He further disclosed that the Travel Food Services with support of AAI will be getting major international and national brands to the airport in an attempt to make the airport a global destination of sorts.
“The Travel Food Services have already opened over 13 outlets at the Dabolim airport and by the end of December, all the F and B outlets will operational including the food court”, he said.
He maintained that AAI and Travel Food Services have further plans to revamp the whole airport with an extensive portfolio that includes bars like Good Times Bar, international brands like KFC, national brands such as CCD, Chai Point, and owned Bespoke concepts like Mario’s Kitchen, Cafeccino and Idli.com, among others.