A food court coming up outside T2, Mumbai airport’s newest terminal, could soon become the city’s first 24x7 eat-out option.
Most airport restaurants in India cater to just passengers as they were located inside the terminals. But the upcoming food court coming up outside T2 would be open to everyone, said airport officials.
The burger store that opened last month was the third brand following a beer shop last October and a unit of a coffee chain that started soon after T2 became operational in 2014.
According to data from the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), 50 percent visitors at these food joints are people who come to see off their relatives and friends.
About 20 percent comprise air travelers, while the rest consists of airport staffers.
“It is our constant endeavour to bring in change and a fresh outlook in whatever we do. The concept ‘Food Hub’ is new to airports and will definitely create an everlasting experience for all its visitors,” said a MIAL spokesperson.
The spokesperson added that a mobile cart has also been introduced in the area for people unwilling to visit restaurants.
A large section of the visitors included youngsters and office-goers heading to the airport when the rest of the city shuts down, added airport officials.
“We have brought in a new delight by introducing “All Day Diner” for visitors. The menu features a thoughtful selection of craft beers alongside the exotic tea and coffee,” said Rahul Singh, owner and chief executive officer, The Beer Café.
According to T2 retail development plan, the food court is likely to get five to six more branded outlets over the next six months.
“Located at a strategic location, it provides us an opportunity to serve all travellers and visitors to grab a quick bite. As they say, bon appetite first, bon voyage later,” said Rohit Agarwal, director, Lite Bite Foods Ltd, which has tied up with the Florida-based Burger King Inc to launch its outlets at airports in India.