March 14 2024  |  Retailers

Avolta seals contract for 26 stores in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

By Hibah Noor

Leading global travel experience player Avolta has won a nine-year contract for 26 food & beverage (F&B) stores at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

Through the contract, Avolta renews its existing 22 F&B stores and introduces four additional outlets to the airport’s F&B offer.

Avolta said the contract is a significant extension to the company’s existing partnership with the Malaysia Airport’s fully owned Turkish asset and builds on an 11-year F&B collaboration, as well as a long-standing travel retail partnership, which will run until 2032.

Luis Marin, President and CEO Europe, Middle East and Africa, Avolta, said, “It is a privilege to play a role in the development of Sabiha Gökçen Airport and we are delighted to build on the success of our existing F&B and travel retail partnerships with the landlord under our inclusive new company name, Avolta.

“As a united company, boasting expertise in both travel retail and F&B, we are dedicated to providing a more holistic offering to our valued partners and we are very happy to be able to showcase this commitment here in Türkiye. In line with Avolta’s Destination 2027 strategy, we have equipped the dining venues with traveler-centric technological solutions, including pre-ordering, order kiosks and other innovative solutions like Your Order Please, a QR-based ordering and payment platform, allowing us to meet our guests’ needs in innovative ways. Our well-established retail presence at Sabiha Gökçen Airport also grants us an opportunity to explore different hybrid concepts, combining our expertise across F&B and travel retail to reimagine the experience of travelers.”

Avolta’s F&B portfolio aims to meet the diverse needs of international travelers. At Sabiha Gökçen the company’s offer includes international brands such as KFC and Starbucks, along with 40 Degrees Bar & Brewery and Karafırın, which cater to local preferences. Happy Moons is also featured.

Avolta said its new stores will enhance its portfolio, blending global and local flavors and designs to create a sense of place for every traveler. They include further restaurant-café Karafırın outlets and a proprietary bar to be fueled by Anadolu Efes, a popular Turkish beer producer and Europe’s fifth largest brewer.

“The contract win underscores Avolta’s expertise in delivering extraordinary dining and travel retail experiences that add value to each guest’s journey and contribute to the company’s Destination 2027 strategy to make travelers happier,” the company added. “It marks a significant milestone in the company’s partnership with Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and reinforces Avolta’s commitment to the airport’s continued growth and evolution in the years ahead.”

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