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Charlotte’s airport awards long-term food and beverage concessions contract

Sushi cooks at First in Flight Bar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport whipped up some delicacies like mango tango rolls for passing travelers on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
Sushi cooks at First in Flight Bar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport whipped up some delicacies like mango tango rolls for passing travelers on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has awarded a contract extension to HMSHost, the master food concessionaire, that will keep the company in place running the airport’s food and beverage operations through 2030.

“HMSHost is absolutely thrilled to be awarded this contract by Charlotte Douglas International Airport to continue delivering world-class dining to travelers,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing this journey together.”

The company operates 43 food and beverage locations in Charlotte Douglas’ terminal. The company had 2015 sales of about $120 million at Charlotte Douglas.

“We are pleased to continue partnering with HMSHost through 2030,” said Charlotte Douglas Assistant Aviation Director of Business and Revenue Haley Gentry. “Our partnership with HMSHost over the years has contributed to CLT creating a premier airport for travelers. They continue to lead airport concessionaires in providing high quality food and beverage options that meet the needs of passengers, as well as enhance their overall customer experience at the Airport.”

As master concessionaire, HMSHost has brought restaurants such as Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and wine bar Beaudevin to Charlotte Douglas. The company said that it will announce “new and exciting” restaurants for Charlotte Douglas over the next several months.

“We have big plans to enrich the offerings at the airport with new and innovative concepts, while also continuing to deliver our popular restaurants that travelers have come to love,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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