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New operator for F&B areas 


Travelers and airport guests at Cologne Bonn Airport can look forward to many new restaurants and bars with a high quality of stay and innovative concepts. Autogrill Deutschland GmbH, part of the Swiss Avolta Group, is opening a total of 17 new catering units in Terminals 1 and 2 this year and next year, covering around 3,800 square meters. The company was awarded the contract following an EU-wide tendering process involving several bidders. The 10-year contract has now been signed at the airport. 

The first conversion work will start in the summer. The opening of some currently unlet spaces is planned from fall 2024 after their conversion, followed by the gradual opening of further new stores. By the end of the year, most of the space will have been handed over to the new operator. Thanks to the new contractual partnership, the gastronomic offering will be even larger and more diverse for the numerous guests at the airport in future.

“The new partnership with Avolta is a milestone and will permanently change the face of the airport," says Thilo Schmid, Chairman of the Managing Board at Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH. "The versatile concepts for a total of 17 gastronomic areas are part of a completely new retail and gastronomy concept in the terminals, with an unmistakable regional connection to our destination. We are proud to have won the renowned company Autogrill under the umbrella of the globally active Avolta AG as a new partner of Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH as part of a Europe-wide tendering process, whose innovative plans reflect our idea of the future design of our airport in the best possible way.”

Walter Seib, CEO Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, Avolta says: "This tender win marks a significant milestone, as we enter into a new long-term partnership with Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH. We are honored to be identified as their preferred partner, and are thankful for the opportunity to bring our expertise in food and beverage to Cologne Bonn Airport. It is a great example of our Destination 2027’s strategy for growth in EMEA, with a focus on long-term partnerships in areas where we can leverage our existing presence. A big thanks also goes out to the Avolta team whose collaborative efforts were vital to us securing this significant contract. Our aim is to transform the experience of travelers passing through Cologne Bonn Airport over the next ten years, and make travelers happier.”

About Avolta:
Avolta AG, is a leading global provider of travel experiences. With the traveler at its strategic core, Avolta maximizes every moment of the traveler's journey through its combination of travel retail and travel hospitality, its passion for innovation and its excellence in execution. Avolta's well-diversified business operates in 73 countries and more than 1,000 locations with over 5,100 points of sale in three segments - Duty Free, Food & Beverage and Convenience - and various channels, including airports, highways, cruise ships, train stations, border stores and city centers.


f.l.t.r. Signing of the contract at Cologne Bonn Airport, Thilo Schmid, Chairman of the Management Board Flughafen Köln Bonn GmbH, Silke Horemans, Authorised Signatory and Head of Commercial Activities Flughafen Köln ...


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