DFW International Airport to get new Panda Express, more duty-free stores

Travelers at DFW International Airport will have some new places to eat, drink and shop next year, with airport officials giving the green light on several new concessions contracts Tuesday.
First up is a new Panda Express that will take over a space formerly occupied by Genghis Grill in Terminal E near Gate E33. In addition to the chain’s American Chinese menu, visitors will also be able to purchase a drink at a bar that’s planned for the space.
It will be the airport’s second Panda Express, joining an existing location in Terminal B.
The new Panda Express will be joining the airport’s first ever Whataburger, planned to open next year, as new dining options in Terminal E.
Airport officials also signed off on two new duty-free stores in Terminal A and Terminal C, where American Airlines has begun operating some international flights outside of the main international gateway in Terminal D.
The Terminal A duty-free shop will take over a space near Gate A25 that was formerly occupied by Swarovski, while the duty-free shop near Terminal C’s Gate C10 will replace a news and gift store.
Both will be operated by TRG Duty Free Joint Venture (the joint-venture led by DFASS and Texas retailer CBI Retail Ventures), which also operates duty-free space in Terminal D. The company opened the country’s largest duty-free store covering 17,400 square feet in Terminal D last year.
Airport officials said the new duty-free stores are expected to be open by April ,1.
Both the Panda Express and duty-free stores were approved by airport board of director committees Tuesday. The full board is scheduled to vote on the items Thursday.

Source: The Dallas Monrning News

Dixons Travel opens at Belfast International Airport

Europe’s leading airport electrical retailer, Dixons Travel, has announced the opening of its first store in Belfast, at the International Airport.

Belfast International Airport is Northern Ireland’s principal airport and the second largest gateway on the Island of Ireland ‐ providing the perfect opportunity for Dixons Travel to offer their high‐end computing and mobile technology to a continually expanding customer base.

The new store has a similar look and feel as the award‐winning* format that was launched in Heathrow Terminal 3 in 2017, which has been shortlisted in the 2018 World Retail Awards**. The stores feature a unique proposition, offering customers top electrical brands with a varied product range including computing, audio, imaging, phones and smart appliances at online beating prices.

Food Court ‘É Marshe’ Coming Soon At Curaçao International Airport

Curaçao International Airport has been going through a transformation in terms of infrastructure and service offerings. In addition to the airport expansion, passengers and visitors will soon also enjoy a greater food and beverage experience. Curaçao Airport Partners and Café Barista have officially signed their concession agreement, making Café Barista the operator of the food court and bar in the airport’s Departures Hall. ‘É Marshe Gastro Hall’ and ‘Bar22’ are scheduled to open their doors at the end of 2018.

The ‘É Marshe Gastro Hall’ is inspired by Curacao’s Plasa Bieu, which is the iconic traditional food market situated in the city center Punda. The food court situated in the airport’s Departures Hall will provide something to entice every taste-bud, from locally inspired meals, healthy concepts, snacks, pastries and much more.

Bar22 is set to be located in the Departures Hall right next to the glass window wall, making it the-place-to-be to have your beverage or cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking views of the airport runway.

Source: Curacao Chronicle

Deschutes Brewery’s Portland Airport spot opening

On Saturday, SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, will open the award-winning Deschutes Brewery, a Bend-born craft beer pioneer, at Portland International Airport on Concourse D, the companies announced Friday.

The design of the space capitalizes on natural light and echoes the energy of the airfield and the original Deschutes Brewery location in downtown Bend. Passengers will experience a true public house/beer hall feel with open ceilings, barrel stave walls and comfortable surrounds. A 35’ craft beer bar, a state-of-the-art digital fireplace and a custom stainless-steel wall depicting the history of Deschutes add visual interest to the space.

Source: News Channel 21