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Syracuse Airport to Expand Food and Beverage Concepts


The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) and Gideon Toal Management Services (GTMS) on Friday announced plans for two new food and beverage concepts at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR). GTMS is a Department of Transportation (DOT) certified Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) that currently operates the widely lauded Escape Lounge at SYR.

The SRAA and GTMS have finalized an agreement for GTMS to open and operate a Qdoba Mexican Eats and Einstein Bros Bagels at SYR, securing the project through a successful bid last fall. Qdoba is slated to be located in the post-security checkpoint hallway leading to Concourse A gates, positioned conveniently next to the Escape Lounge. Meanwhile, Einstein Bros. Bagels will occupy a newly planned extension at the end of Concourse B. This exciting addition to the airport’s concessions is made possible, in part, by the $20 million grant awarded to SYR in September through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition.

“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Governor Hochul for her unwavering commitment to enhancing airport facilities in Upstate New York through this Upstate Airport Economic Development Grant,” said SRAA Executive Director Jason Terreri. “The Governor’s leadership has been instrumental in driving economic development initiatives that benefit our communities now and help foster economic growth for the future of Central New York and beyond.”

“We are thrilled to expand our existing relationship with GTMS to bring a fresh and elevated dining experience to travelers at Syracuse Hancock International Airport,” said SRAA Chief Commercial Officer Jason Mehl. “Qdoba Mexican Eats and Einstein Bros. Bagels are beloved national brands, and we are confident this collaboration will not only meet – but exceed – the expectations of our passengers while expanding the food and beverage offerings here at SYR.”

Both food and beverage concepts are anticipated to commence operations at different points throughout 2024. The quick-serve nature of each will help the airport meet the demand for more grab-and-go options, especially during peak travel hours. The airport sees most of its traffic in three distinct “banks” – or clusters of outgoing flights – most days from 4:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. – noon, and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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