Three lobby to operate franchise restaurants at main airport

Ongoing construction of new building at VIA's waterfront, to house the new range of franchise restaurants.

Ongoing construction of new building at VIA’s waterfront, to house the new range of franchise restaurants.

Three groups have expressed interest to operate restaurants in Velana International Airport (VIA), following the bid opened by Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) seeking franchise restaurants and cafe brands to invest in the airport.

According to an MACL official, the final proposals from the interested parties, to operate restaurants in the newly built waterfront area of the airport, will be submitted by Tuesday.

Interested parties include local companies with license to operate franchise restaurants and international companies. The agreements will be signed by next month with plans to operate four to five new restaurants, though the opening date will only be determined after the final proposals are submitted.

The new food and beverage area will be housed in a building of 14,000 square feet located near the arrival jetty. The steel framework of the building is being constructed by a Singapore based company. With the new F&B outletsm MACL is also developing a jetty close to the new arrival terminal.

VIA already features a number of international fast food franchises including Burger King, The Coffee Club, Thai Express, The Pizza Company and Dairy Queen.

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