Areas expands at Alicante

By Doug Newhouse |

Areas, which claims to be the leading retail operator at Alicante El Altet Airport, has opened 13 shops and food service stores in the airport’s new terminal which the company expects to generate E.141m ($199m) in sales over the next eight years.

The stores comprise nine F&B outlets and four retail stores across a total area of 3,618sq m (3,285sq m for F&B and 333sq m for retail shops). 

The company says this represents an investment of nearly E.5m ($7m) over the next eight-year contracts related to F&B and five -year retail contracts (extendable).

The company says that it views its presence in the new terminal as ‘strategic’, given both its passenger traffic – more than 9m travelers a year – and its infrastructure development plans. 

Areas currently has a presence in 19 Spanish airports, with 205 establishments – both food service stores and shops – and employs 174 people in El Altet. Some of these employees worked for the company in the old terminal. 

Pedro Fontana, President of Areas said: “The launch of these 13 establishments in the new terminal at El Altet is an important milestone in our history because it ensures the company’s presence in a very attractive location with great potential. 

The new terminal places Alicante on the map of world-class airports, and Areas is proud of its contribution in this respect. 

Besides an extensive F&B offer, Areas has opened four new retail stores, including Sibarium, a shop selling gourmet products, including Alicante products with Designation of Origin labels, plus products from other Spanish regions; News & Books; Story Store and Tuc Tuc, selling gifts and children’s fashion; and Travel Mate and Cottet, who share the same space and offer high-quality sunglasses and travel accessories.


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