Foodservice company Mount Charles has renewed its contract with Belfast International Airport in a £30m deal set to run over the next seven years.
The independently owned catering and support group, based in Belfast, is set to improve service and customer improvement during the run of the contract, while aiming to provide an offering that will rival top-tier UK airports.
Health food brand Freshly Chopped will join their line up on the site, while a new cantina development Coco Diablo will play into the growing trend for fresh Mexican food.
Trevor Annon, chairman and founder of Mount Charles said: "Customer experience and continuous service improvement are key priorities for us. We conducted extensive research at leading airports across the UK and we have also listened to what our local business travellers and holidaymakers want.
"It's an exciting time to be fortifying our existing partnership with Belfast International Airport and I am delighted to introduce our plans for the ‘Northern Qtr', a fresh and innovative experience, with an amplified element of the high street.
"We have created a concept that is appropriate for Northern Ireland's international airport, generating a relaxed environment for travellers as well as enhanced menu and beverage choices over four key offerings.
"Our bar will be redesigned and relocated, to enhance customer experience and the food offering will encompass three key concepts. Our homegrown brand, Fed & Watered, continues its journey in the Northern Qtr, with a revitalised offering and look and we are thrilled to announce that Freshly Chopped, Ireland's leading health food outlet, will be joining our line up at the airport.
Brian Carlin, director of commercial development at Belfast International Airport, added: "Belfast International Airport is one of the top ten airports in the UK with over six million passengers set to travel through the facility in 2018. That trend is set to continue in 2019 and therefore we were keen to enhance the food and beverage offering to cater for this growth.
"We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Mount Charles, who will deliver a fresh and exciting new food and beverage concept for local travellers, by providing bright, modern and appealing units with an offering that is based on up to date retail and consumer trends."