CNN Traveller Cafe debuts at Abu Dhabi Airport

F&B operator SSP partners with news network to open new outlet

The CNN Traveller café
The CNN Traveller café

News network CNN has partnered with F&B operator SSP to open its first ever airport café, in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The CNN Traveller café offers customers a range of food and beverage in CNN Traveller-branded packaging and crockery. Items on the menu include local dishes such as fatoush or taboule salad as well as a selection of open sandwiches, breakfast and all-day sandwiches and wraps.

Customers also have access to free Wi-Fi and can watch CNN International broadcast in HD on a number of screens, with integrated audio system for each table.

In addition to this, there is curated online, social and visual CNN content displayed on a media wall comprising four digital signages, while the latest news headlines are displayed in an RSS news ticker situated above the serving counter.

CNN International chief commercial officer Rani R. Raad said: "The CNN Traveller experience is another way for business and leisure travellers to connect with CNN, the world's number one news brand which engages with more consumers globally on multiple platforms than anyone else.

“We're delighted that Abu Dhabi is the location for our first airport cafe as this is one of CNN's major global production, newsgathering and commercial hubs."

At yesterday's (December 7) opening ceremony for the new cafe in Terminal 3, which is dedicated to Etihad Airways, Raad was joined by HE Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, board member of Abu Dhabi Airports, and Nick Inkster, CEO of SSP WEMEAP.

“The café is ideally suited to the unique passenger demographic at the airport, and we are certain that it will be very popular with both local and international travellers,” said SSP chief executive Kate Swann.

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