Travellers passing through Glasgow Airport will soon be able to enjoy the delights of a homemade burger, after the Scottish hub announced a £1.5m redevelopment of its food court, due to be completed later this year.
The redesign, which will add a total of four new cafés and restaurants, is being handled by the UK arm of Delaware North Companies, an American hospitality firm.
Delaware North, despite being relatively unknown outside the catering world, is a supplier of food services to a number of large sports stadiums, including Pride Park in Derby, the Emirates Stadium in London and the cornerstone of English football, Wembley Stadium. Perhaps of greater relevance is that Delaware North also operates food outlets at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, three of the largest hubs in the UK.
When complete, Glasgow’s newest development will be located on two levels, the ground and first floor, and will accommodate 406 diners. A sports bar and grill showing live events, a ‘city-centre style’ café bar, a sandwich deli and a buffet-style restaurant will be introduced as part of the expansion. The four outlets will be located on the airport’s ‘landside’ before security checkpoints.
Glasgow’s commercial director, Francois Bourienne, said that the Scottish hub is “really excited” about working with Delaware North, and drew attention to the airport’s ongoing popularity with food and retail companies by stating that “despite a recession, we have added household names such as Tesco and Dorothy Perkins to our retail portfolio".
Delaware North’s UK chief, Simon Dobson, said that his company was “delighted” with recent developments.
Dishes will be available for £3.50 from the Fresh Food Central and Central Sports Bar and Grill outlets, challenging the long-held idea that airport stores and restaurants are more expensive than their equivalents on the high street.