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Airport eatery to earn wings soon

The Ranchi traveller can finally expect to have plenty to munch on while waiting for flights at the airport.

The Birsa Munda Airport authorities floated a tender to set up the much-awaited restaurant on the first floor of the new integrated terminal building two weeks ago. The agency that will be roped in to set up the food hub — which will also include a takeaway snack counter — will be finalised on February 6 after the bid is opened.

The contract will be for seven years.

“We will outsource the job of opening the restaurant at the airport. The tender has already been taken out and once the bidder is finalised on February 6, the restaurant will come up,” confirmed airport director Raju Raghvendra Kumar.

Although space was marked out for a glass restaurant when the swanky integrated terminal building opened doors in March last year, the eatery failed to see the light of the day.

Three years ago, the airport authority had selected Patna-based firm Ex Servicemen Private Limited to set up a restaurant at the old terminal building on contract. “That restaurant was supposed to shift to the new one but the agency left midway. Hence, we are planning to open a new restaurant,” Kumar said.

At present, the premises only offers a CCD outlet and three snack counters for takeaway. A counter had also been opened by Rajasthan Kalewalaya last March, but it shut doors on December 31.

“We had roped in Rajasthan Kalewalaya to open a snack counter on the airport premises, but they shut down for reasons best known to them. The proposed restaurant will be double the size of the previous open and will serve local, continental and Indian fare. The seating capacity will be fixed once the bid is finalised,” the director added.

According to airport officials, they were trying their best to open the restaurant in view of the increase in number of fliers.

“A lot of young people are travelling via flights these days. They expect quality services, good eating options and a place to chill out while waiting for flights. Hence, the urgency to select an agency to start the restaurant,” an official explained.

On other future plans for the airport, the director said they were also looking to open retail outlets, jewellery store and restrobar. “But all this will take time. We are slowly providing various kinds of facilities to our passengers under one roof,” he added.