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Reagan National Airport to transform Terminal A with F&B and retail innovations

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has announced plans to introduce an expanded line-up of food, beverage and retail options to Terminal A by Spring 2015.

The redesigned nine-gate Terminal A, which originally opened more than 40 years ago, will also boast the airport’s first full-service spa as well as publicly accessible iPads and charging stations.

According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority CEO Jack Potter OTG and BMG will jointly manage the Terminal A concessions development, working with MarketPlace Development, the Authority’s main contractor for concessions management.

“OTG has more than 17 years of experience in 10 airports,” Potter said. “BMG is also an experienced operator, with food and beverage locations in New York and Boston. We plan to create a food and retail experience in Terminal A featuring restaurants affiliated with well-known chefs, and we plan to engage with local community partnerships to provide experience for under-served young adults who aspire to pursue careers in culinary services.”

The new array of shops and restaurants will be a highly visible component of the Airports Authority’s ongoing programme to convert or reconstruct 95% of all Reagan National and Washington Dulles International Airport concessions by 2015. The first phase of new shop and restaurant openings is expected this spring.

“It has long been the Airports Authority’s desire to modernise and optimise the passenger experience in Terminal A at Reagan National,” commented Paul Malandrino, the airport’s manager.

In addition to the concessions redevelopment, the terminal is undergoing multiple structural improvements. A lobby renovation, which includes new flooring and fixtures and allows more natural light, was completed in 2013 and an expansion of security checkpoints will be completed this year. 

“We believe the new shops and restaurants will transform the terminal into a more popular destination for passengers flying at Reagan,” added Steve Baker, vice president for business administration at the Airports Authority.

21 February 2014