gategroup extends easyJet and airberlin contracts

By Doug Newhouse |

Top Xavier Rossinyol CEO, gategroupSpecialist airline services provider gategroup has both extended and expanded its existing contracts with easyJet and airberlin, who combined carry more than 100m passengers a year onboard approximately 400 aircraft.


Both contracts are said to be worth in excess of CHF250m ($255.4m) in revenue per year, with gategroup – which has now virtually been sold to the Chinese HNA Group – adding today that both airlines are ‘top customers’ amongst it 20-airline total, representing highly-valued partnerships (easyJet is Europe’s second biggest airline-Ed).


gategroup says its contract with easyJet has been extended until 2022 and this effectively takes the carrier out of the concession contract diary for several competitors who may have hoped to bid for it ahead of the original expiry date of 2020.


This contract will see gategroup continuing to run easyJet’s onboard retail programme and provisioning crew catering across the airline’s entire network.


By contrast, Germany’s second-biggest airline airberlin has also extended and expanded its existing partnership with gategroup for four years until the end of 2020.


Gategroup has the easyjet account

easyJet is a major customer for gategroup and it will be be pleased to have extended this contract, while Europe’s second-largest airline will also benefit incrementally.


Once again, gategroup will continue to provide catering and provisioning for the airline’s onboard service and the company says it has extended its remit retailing onboard of food, beverages and duty free items. gategroup has also expanded its long-haul catering business to serve all airberlin flights inbound to Germany from the U.S.


These contract extensions come at the same time that gategroup is preparing to be integrated within the HNA Group so they will doubtless be welcomed by the new owners.


Commenting, gategroup CEO Xavier Rossinyol said; “A defining component of gategroup’s Gateway 2020 strategy has been our emphasis on retail, combining innovation, technology, and culinary and operational expertise to earn and retain long-term partnerships.


“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with top customers easyJet and airberlin, creating value for their passengers while also simplifying onboard retail processes. As we continue our respective work together, we will introduce new realms of retail that spark the imagination, create brand loyalty and generate additional revenue.”



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