Airmall USA, operator of the Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport, has unveiled a plan to upgrade the airport's concessions program. The $10-million upgrade will create a new retail core in the Center Core of the airport's airside terminal, a move that is aimed at attracting some of the nation's top brands. The Allegheny County Airport Authority board of directors recently approved the plan, which represents the most significant refurbishment of the concessions program since it began in 1992, Airmall said in a statement.
Airmall Pittsburgh's plan to reconfigure the airside core of shops and restaurants is directly related to a change in passenger traffic. When it began operations, Pittsburgh International Airport served a large number of passengers who had a layover. In line with this, Airmall established a retail core between corridors A and B, where the majority of passengers were making their transfers.
Airmall's plan calls for the addition of seven units for a total of 74 shops, restaurants, bars and other retail establishments throughout the airport. Once the program is fully operational, Airmall said it expects the enhanced concessions will grow annual revenue by as much as 10 to 20 percent over current figures.
The agreement to build new concessions also comes with a contract extension for Airmall, which will now serve as the concessions developer at the airport through 2029.
Construction on the units in the new retail core is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.