£2.5m investment at Belfast International brings 70 jobs

Alastair Caldwell, SSP operations manager, Belfast International Airport and Brian Carlin, director of commercial development, BIA
Alastair Caldwell, SSP operations manager, Belfast International Airport and Brian Carlin, director of commercial development, BIA

A leading operator of food and beverage outlets is to invest £2.5 million at Belfast International Airpoert in an expansion programme set to create up to 70 jobs.

SSP operates in travel locations worldwide is to carry out most of the work at existing airside outlets.

The Lagan Bar has already been extended at the front and rear, creating seating for an additional 100 customers, and the Starbucks coffee outlet will undergo a complete refurbishment.

SSP, which currently operates all but one food and beverage unit at the airport, will also convert Strangford Kitchen & Grill to a food-led premium bar, and transform the airport’s Café Bar into a second Ritazza coffee shop.

Belfast International Airport Director of Commercial Development, Brian Carlin, said: “SSP’s investment is most welcome. The airport is seeing unprecedented double-digit passenger growth, and it is to SSP’s credit that it is responding by expanding facilities to meet increased demand.

“It’s a significant investment by a company with a proven track record for quality and delivery. SSP is an essential part of our successful airport operations, and this work will transform existing outlets leading to improved passenger facilities.”

SSP CEO Simon Smith said: “We have been working at Belfast for over 15 years, and we are delighted to be building on this longstanding relationship with one of the UK’s most important airports. In just a few years, passenger numbers have risen to just over 5.1 million last year.

“An additional 500,000 passengers will pass through the terminal this year, creating yet another new record. This investment will ensure that we will continue to deliver excellent food and beverage to passengers as numbers rise.”