Monday, June 8, 2009

Pizza Hut, KFC, Costa Coffee franchisees get Delhi airport nod

Three companies that run popular food and beverage outlets like Copper Chimney, Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut have been awarded contracts to set up shop at the upcoming Terminal 3 at the international airport here.

"Following a tender process, the successful bidders with Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) will develop, operate, maintain and manage food and beverages outlets at Terminal 3," said GMR, which heads the consortium that is upgrading the airport.

"DIAL will be taking 40 percent in the joint venture companies to be set up with the respective successful bidders and strong synergies are expected in the partnership," the Bangalore-headquartered company said in a statement.

The three companies that have been awarded the four contracts are Travel Food Services that runs Copper Chimney, Devyani International that has the franchises in India for Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut and KFC, and SSP Catering that has operations in 30 countries.

Nirula's Corner, HMS Host and Lite Bite were the other bidders.

Construction is currently on at Terminal 3, which the GMR-led consortium hopes to complete before the start of the Commonwealth Games in the capital scheduled for October 2010.

The new integrated terminal, which is part of the $2-billion Phase I upgrade of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, will be spread over 5 million sq. ft. and handle both domestic and international passengers.

The GMR consortium includes Fraport of Germany, Malaysian Airport and the India Development Fund, besides the state-run Airports Authority of India.

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