Abu Dhabi Airports has brought the concesssion in partnership with F&B operator SSP, and the CNN Traveller café, is situated in Terminal 3, the dedicated Etihad Airways Terminal at Abu Dhabi.
It was opened in a ceremony attended by H.E. Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, board member of Abu Dhabi Airports; Rani R. Raad, chief commercial officer at CNN International; and Nick Inkster, CEO SSP WEMEAP.
CNN Traveller café, operated by SSP, gives visitorsed a comprehensive CNN experience, and includes CNN International broadcasted in HD on a number of screens, with an integrated audio system for each table.
Other features are a curated online, social and visual CNN content displayed on a media wall comprising four state-of-the-art Samsung digital signages; latest news headlines in an RSS news ticker situated above the serving counter.
The café offers customers a wide range of food and beverages in CNN Traveller branded packaging and crockery.
Items on the menu include local specialties such as fatoush, or taboule salad as well as a selection of open sandwiches, breakfast and all-day sandwiches and wraps, while customers also have access to free Wi-Fi.
Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, explains: “At Abu Dhabi Airports we are always on the lookout to partner with innovative companies like SSP to bring leading concepts to our airports.
“This direction is in line with our continuous commitment to provide passengers with world-class services and sensational experiences each time they travel through any of our airports.
“CNN Traveller café is the first CNN-branded news inspired café in any airport in the world and Abu Dhabi International Airport presents an ideal location as it poses as one of the fastest growing global aviation hubs connecting regions across the world.”
In the first 10 months of 2014, Abu Dhabi handled 16.5 million passengers, 8.5 million of which were through Terminal 3, and registered 20.5% increase in passenger movements compared to the same period in 2013.
“This is echoed in the preparation for the iconic Midfield Terminal Building’s (MTB) 28,000 square metre commercial space currently under construction, where some of the most creative retail, food & beverage, and hospitality concepts from around the world will be housed.
“The MTB will also incorporate the very latest designs and systems in all aspects of its operations.” Al Mazrouei adds.