Contracts to run airport bars and restaurants come up for grabs

An image of the current departures restaurant area at Malaga airport.
An image of the current departures restaurant area at Malaga airport. / Salvador Salas
  • Aena has just started the official tender process to renew all outlets serving food and drink, with a contract value of over 100 million euros for the next eight years

There will soon be a fresh look and some new names in the food and drink area of departures at Malaga airport. Operator Aena has just officially put out to tender all its contracts for the restaurants and bars across the terminal for the next eight years.

The tender, which has been published across the EU, is divided into twelve lots and has a total value of over 100 million euros. The amounts that the holders of the different concessions will need to pay to the airport go up each year of the contract, in tandem with expected growth in passenger numbers at the Costa del Sol's main gateway.

Companies have until 9 January next year to put in their bids and the new offer needs to be in place by July. In total there will be 25 outlets.

Among the mix of businesses, Aena is looking for a food court format, a gourmet restaurant, a sushi bar, coffee shops, ice cream sellers, healthy eating places, hamburger restaurants, pubs, tapas bars and a pizzeria.

According to Aena, the aim is to give Malaga airport a “wide and varied” range of catering outlets that reflects local, national and international cuisine. They are asking for a mix of the latest eating trends and traditional experiences.

Although the amount of money that the new food and drink operators will have to pay is high, the tender document makes it clear the high passenger numbers that they can expect in the terminal. In 2016 passenger figures reached 16.6 million and up to the end of September the figure for this year stood at 14.7 million already, an increase of 13 per cent on last year. Of the main European airports, Malaga was beaten only by London Luton in growth last year.