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Business / New cafe provider sought for Sumburgh Airport

Sumburgh Airport. Photo: HIAL
Sumburgh Airport. Photo: HIAL

THE CATERING contract at Sumburgh Airport is up for grabs as current provider Caffe Volare’s stint comes to an end.

The tender opportunity includes the departure lounge cafe, main concourse lounge, oil and gas heliport cafe and management of four vending machines.

The new service is expected to start mid to late May.

Caffe Volare owner Rebecca Crosby said on the business’ Facebook page it was with a “heavy heart” that she decided to bring her time at the airport to an end.

She paid tribute to her small team of staff who in particular have worked “extremely hard” with the busy helicopter flights.

“Thank you to all our customers that have supported us through the last year or so when you have been able to fly, I am extremely grateful and it’s been a pleasure to serve you all,” Crosby wrote.

Caffe Volare launched in 2015, under different management, as a cafe opened in the departures lounge for the first time.

Sumburgh Airport – which is operated by the government-owned HIAL – said the catering contract was a “unique opportunity”. The deadline for tender responses is 29 April.

Meanwhile the Cunningsburgh Show is also looking for caterers ahead of its return in August.

The committee is looking for expressions of interest in providing teas, coffees, sandwiches, rolls and cakes in the hall, and also mobile catering on the showfield.

It is also on the lookout for catering for a lunch/buffet for the judges, stewards and volunteers. Interested parties also have a deadline of 29 April.