Since the beginning of the year, visitors at Düsseldorf Airport have been able to enjoy a completely new food and beverage concept. As new main tenant, SSP, the Food Travel Experts, is opening seven new gastronomic units and, together with Düsseldorf airport, is focusing on growth. With individually tailored concepts and a wide range of strong brands, SSP successfully competed in the selection process against other leading players in the market.
An important part of the expansion is the highly modern conference centre “DUSconference plus”. From May, passengers and visitors to the airport, as well as local companies, will be able to conduct large conferences, work creatively in small groups or simply answer e-mails in a calm environment.
Ilse Ruffer, Vice President Business Unit Customer Management at the Airport, explained; “Over 3,000 square meters, we offer everything necessary for conferences, events and working on the move. Together with SSP, we have developed a state-of-the-art conference centre that offers the ideal space for any kind of communication – whether in large groups of up to 320 people, in pairs or alone at one of the workstations. Located in the middle of the terminal, the ‘DUSconference plus’ is very flexible. It offers a contemporary environment, a convenient location, and in places direct views over the airfield. If visitors are hungry, food can also be personally arranged and delivered from any of our SSP outlets.”
Working exclusively with a view of the airfield
From the conference centre, travellers are within a minute of the check-in desk. With optimal connection and various catering options, flexible work areas are available for a total of 740 people. There are 10 conference and meeting rooms, 15 boardrooms, a web corner and plug-in workstations as well as three foyers for business meetings or events and exhibitions.
Jan-Henrik Andersson, Chief Commercial Officer SSP DACH commented; “As Germany’s third-largest airport and the key hub in NRW, Düsseldorf Airport is an important partner for us, and we have already working closely and successfully with the team here for a number of years. As operators of the conference centre, in partnership with Düsseldorf airport, we are delighted to be building on this successful partnership.”
New gastronomic concepts
SSP has opened a Jamie’s Deli and Jamie’s Deli Van. Alongside this, there is also the popular Hausmann’s restaurant from Patrick Rüther and his partner the well-known TV Chef Tim Mälzer, which is also new to the airport. Famous and well-established in the region are French café and patisserie épi and 4Cani. épi combines the craftsmanship of a French bakery and patisserie with the hospitality of a café, 4Cani brings the flavours of Italy to Germany. Directly in front of the check-in desks serving eastern Mediterranean destinations, visitors will find Mosaic. This concept was developed by SSP especially for Düsseldorf Airport and offers a dash of the culinary arts of the Middle East. The offer will be completed with the opening of KFC in March as well as another bar in 2019.
The conference centre is perfectly complemented by the new gastronomic offers. In addition to the self-service snacks in the Welcome & Work area, the entire SSP brand portfolio can be accessed from the boardrooms and conference rooms. Catering can therefore be adapted according to taste and needs: whether budget-oriented or sophisticated, or whether as an order from the menu or included in the conference package.
Before the opening of “DUSconference plus” and the new units, SSP was already present at the airport with a Caffè Ritazza and two Kamps bakeries. In relation to new business, SSP expects a total turnover of 112 million euros over the term of the contract.