The construction of the international terminal at IAH, known as the IAH Terminal Redevelopment Program, started in 2015 and is projected to be substantially completed by late 2024, according to an Aug. 24 news release.
On Aug. 17, Houston City Council members approved a 10-year contract with food travel specialist SSP America that will bring 16 food and beverage locations to the new international terminal.
“SSP America began our Houston operations in 2008, and we’ve been proud members of the IAH community every day since then,” said Pat Murray, deputy CEO of SSP America, in a statement. “Houston has been an incredibly important part of our growth as a company.”
According to the news release, several Houston-based eateries will be featured among the new restaurants, including Common Bond Bakery and Café, The Kitchen, and The Annie Café and Bar.
On Aug. 24, council members approved a contract with Paradies Lagardère, which is also already operating concessions at Houston airports, to develop and operate 10 new retail concession locations inside the new international terminal.
“We appreciate our partnership with Houston airports and are thrilled with the opportunity to deliver an amazing retail program for the George Bush Intercontinental Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère, in a news release.
According to the news release, the new lineup of stores will include Houston Supply Co., Uno de 50, Be Relax, LEGO and iStore.
Combined, officials said the two 10-year agreements are projected to generate as much as $116 million in revenue for Houston airports and are expected to create at least 390 jobs.
Officials noted the contracts for both SSP America and Paradies Lagardère will begin upon substantial completion of the new international terminal, which is slated for late 2024.