Qatar Airways has signed a joint venture with SSP to work with its subsidiary Qatar Duty Free to operate 11 F&B outlets at the new Hamad International Airport, Doha.
The project will be SSP’s first business venture in Qatar and is for a seven-year term, worth more than $190 million.
The new outlets, which will begin trading towards the end of 2013, will include a number of internationally renowned brands alongside a selection of SSP’s own concepts.
Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to enter into this significant strategic partnership with SSP to operate food and beverage outlets at Hamad International Airport.
“SSP has shared our vision for the airport and has really delivered an outstanding mix of brands that will fit with our passenger mix.
“The outlets will cater to a diverse customer base, young and old, visiting or flying through this great new iconic airport.”
Doha’s growth in passenger traffic in recent years alongside its “aggressive expansion plans” make it a “perfect fit for SSP”, said Andrew Lynch, CEO of SSP explains.
He added: “Hamad International Airport will serve one of the world’s fastest developing economies, offering considerable potential for building our business in the Middle East.
“Passenger traffic at Doha has been expanding at an impressive rate in recent years, and this new facility will allow this growth to continue in the future.”
The deal was signed by Lynch and Keith Hunter, Qatar Duty Free senior vice president in Doha, last month.