SSP DFA Brazil to open restaurants at Salvador Bahia Airport

The Food Court at Salvador Bahia International Airport.


A new partnership between SSP and Duty Free Americas (DFA) called SSP DFA Restaurantes Brasil Ltda will be opening seven high-quality restaurants and food and beverage outlets at Salvador Bahia Airport in Brazil.

Under the new joint venture, a number of international and local brands will open at the airport.

 The new deal is expected to help the airport achieve its new commercial vision to offer a better retail experience to passengers.

“SSP brings expertise to add more high-quality options to our airport while DFA offers sound knowledge of the Brazilian market,” said Marc Gordien, Commercial Director of Salvador Airport.

SSP is a leading travel food operator and runs operations at over 125 airports in 33 countries, serving around 1.5 million customers per day. DFA has more than 180 units worldwide and operates Salvador Airport’s inter-national duty free store. From June, it will also run the Duty Paid store in the new boarding area, a 780 sq. meter walk-through facility.

Chris Rayner, CEO of SSP Latin America, said: “We’re delighted to have reached an agreement to open seven new restaurants in Salvador Airport. We’re looking forward to supporting Salvador Airport with their exciting plans to upgrade the passenger experience.”

DFA President Leon Falic said: “We at DFA are very enthusiastic about SSP DFA Restaurantes Brasil Ltda, our joint venture company, and the new agreement with Vinci Airports at Salvador.

“The new restaurants, together with our DFA Duty Free and DFA Duty Paid Stores, will provide a unique sense of place experience for passengers going through Salvador Airport. We are committed and continue to work towards providing unique and memorable experiences for travelers.”

 Among the key brands due to open at Salvador Airport is Italian espresso bar Ritazza, Italian restaurant Barzetti, Mexican-themed concept Mi Casa Burritos, baked goods specialists Millie’s and healthy eating brand Haven. The layout and menu of the outlets will be adapted to suit regional trends and tastes. New local brands will also be announced shortly.

The units will be distributed between the land-side Food Court and the airside area, both in the new commercial spaces in arrivals and in departures.

Chef Tereza Paim

In addition to the seven restaurants, leading Brazilian chef Tereza Paim will shortly be opening her first restaurant in an airport at Salvador. A member of the Vinci Airports network, the Mesa de Tereza restaurant will open later this year, featuring the flavors of Bahia and Brazil. The project is a result of the partnership between Tereza and SSP DFA Restaurantes Brasil Ltda (SSP).

Featuring the best of regional cuisine, Mesa de Tereza has been developed especially for Salvador Bahia Airport. Located in the landside food square and approximately 250sqm in size, it will offer views of the runway and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to serving meals, Tereza will offer hand-made products for sale, including farofas and spices from Bahia.

Bahia Bar and more

In addition to Mesa de Tereza, SSP has created a unique bar for Salvador Airport located airside, overlooking the airfield.

All of the restaurants will be opening shortly in line with the renovation of the airport.