Major success for Gebr Heinemann as Vienna Airport awards retail and food and beverage contracts at Skylink extension – 15/05/08

New horizons – and a new concessionaire line-up for Vienna Airport across a diverse mix of retail and food & beverage

AUSTRIA. Flughafen Wien (Vienna Airport) has awarded the various contracts pertaining to its retail and food & beverage tenders at the terminal extension VIE-Skylink.

Separate tenders were held for a total of 52 areas, which included 33 retail and 19 gastronomy facilities.

“The concept we have chosen and this first-class tenant mix will underscore the uniqueness of Vienna International Airport, and strengthen our position among international airports as a top player in the non-aviation sector,” said Flughafen Wien AG Management Board member Christian Domany.

The new terminal will nearly double the shopping and gastronomy space at Vienna International Airport to a total of 19,100sq m.

In accordance with the prevailing international model, which leads passenger flows through retail zones, two walk-through shops will also be created in the duty-free area of the Skylink (on levels 1 and 3).

This new retail and gastronomy offering will provide the “˜Best of Austria; with the country’s top brands and shop space of 80-100sq m, mainly as mono-label stores.

Gebr Heinemann won the tender for the large duty free areas on both departure levels with what the airport company described as “their high-quality design and walk-through concept”.

The two-level “˜Best of Austria’ concept will be operated by the Artifacts (Sardana) company, and will present Austrian specialties and souvenirs as well as top national brands such as Swarovski and Augarten. Premium products from well-known companies such as Hugo Boss and Thomas Sabo will be offered on level 1.

Level 3 will present leading luxury brands including Hermès, Etro, Versace, E. Armani, Rolex and Chopard. The well-known Austrian luxury brand M. Liska will also be represented in this area with its first-ever airport shop.

The tender for the provision of supermarket and druggist goods in the arrival hall was won by SPAR and BIPA with their flagship stores.

In addition, the first fashion outlet in the landside area of Vienna International Airport will be realised in the form of an Esprit shop.

Gastronomy: big names and experienced travel gastronomy operators

The arrivals hall will offer visitors and local employees high quality and new variety with the introduction of McDonald’s and the Ankerbrot bakery chain as well as concepts designed especially for Vienna International Airport by successful young Viennese restaurateurs such as Figls, “˜Pita and Paul’ and the “˜Landside’ by D&S Consulting.

The public areas near the check-in counters on level 1 will include a donhauser café bar lounge
(E-Express as operator), an Ottakringer bar (Airest) and an Original Sacher Corner. The gastronomy operations in this area will also contain an elegant seafood bar (Saveria).

In the transit area, the large food court on level 1 will be operated by SSP together with Meinl am Graben. The culinary offering will also include the “˜Decanto’ wine bar and a beer bar (both Airest) as well as a Kurkonditorei Oberlaa café (Saveria).

Passengers will find exclusive gastronomy on level 3: for example with the Viennese coffeehouse Demel (Do&Co) and an Austrian wine bar (HMSHost).

The highest culinary demands will be met by the Asian concept “˜Indochine light 21′ (Airest together with the Viennese star chef W. Brugger) and the premium service restaurant “˜Taste’. In the pier area, passengers will also be able to choose between Demmer’s Teehaus and an international beer bar (both Airest).

The management consulting firm A.T. Kearney assisted Flughafen Wien in developing an optimal tenant mix for the terminal extension and allocating the space among what the airport company said was a high number of applicants.

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