Belfast Telegraph

£2.5m revamp of International Airport cafe and bar outlets to create 70 jobs

By Brett Campbell

Around 70 jobs are to be created as part of a £2.5m investment in improving Belfast International Airport's food and drink outlets.

SSP, a major operator of food and beverage services at airports around the world, has announced the company will be improving airside outlets at the airport.

The cash injection will create up to 70 full and part-time positions.

SSP UK boss Simon Smith said the investment will enable the company to continue "delivering excellent food and beverage services as passenger numbers continue to rise".

"We have been working at Belfast for over 15 years and we are delighted to be building on this long-standing relationship with one of the UK's most important airports," he said.

"In just a few years passenger numbers have risen to just over 5.1 million.

"An additional 500,000 passengers will pass through the terminal this year, creating yet another new record."

Most of the expansion work will be carried out at existing units, with Starbucks earmarked for a complete refurbishment and The Cafe Bar to be transformed into a second Ritazza coffee shop.

SSP, which currently operates all but one food and beverage unit at the airport, announced it will also convert Strangford Kitchen & Grill into a "food-led premium bar".

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