September 7 2022  |  Catering

Alpha signs 10-year pact at RKT

By Rick Lundstrom

From left to right: Stanislav Bujnovsky, Commercial Director of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; Mark Whelan, General Manager of Alpha Flight Services; Atanasios Titonis, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; Waqas Javed, CFO of Alpha Flight Services

Alpha Flight Services has signed a 10-year concession agreement with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT) in the United Arab Emirates.

The partnership will see Alpha Flight Services invest in infrastructure and provide catering services to more than 10 airlines at the airport. In addition, it will operate three food and beverage outlets, the airport lounge and a number of vending machines at RKT.

dnata has operated Alpha Flight Services since 2010. In recent years, the company has significantly expanded its operations and currently provides catering services to customers, including over 30 airlines, from its kitchen near Sharjah International Airport (SHJ).

Alpha operates a total of 11 outlets, including seven café restaurants and four kiosks, an airport lounge as well as a newly upgraded and renovated hotel at SHJ. ‘The Hotel’ can comfortably accommodate 200 guests. Alpha also supports local tourism by providing authentic local meals to the UAE’s leading desert safari provider. Alpha’s team consists of 480 people who prepare seven million meals annually.

“We are proud to have earned the trust of Ras Al Khaimah airport and look forward to contributing to its success and growth over the next decade,” said Mark Whelan, General Manager of Alpha, in today’s announcement. “Our significant investment, broad experience, and passion for excellence will ensure world-class culinary and airport hospitality experiences for passengers flying to and from RAK. We will constantly enhance our offering to deliver innovative products and services that travelers value both on board and on the ground."

His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of The Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, added "With our partnership with the Alpha group, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport looks forward to strengthening our catering services, elevating the passenger experience at the airport, and exploring together the ample number of opportunities available to enhance the business."

Atanasios Titonis, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, commented: "We are excited to start this new long-term partnership with Alpha Flight Services at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport as we build our profile in refining the customer experience in the food and beverage field as well as lounge and flight catering. This is an important step for us as we embark on our journey towards transitioning into a tourism centered destination airport."

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