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John Wayne Airport, Orange County Airport Improvement Program HMS Host

January 12, 2011



SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Orange County Board of Supervisors yesterday awarded a ten (10) year lease to HMSHost as the Primary Food and Beverage concessionaire at John Wayne Airport (JWA). HMSHost will spend $15.6 million to remodel its existing locations in Terminals A and B, and to construct new spaces in Terminal C – dramatically improving food and beverage options at JWA.

"The combination of restaurant concepts and menu items proposed by HMSHost promises to bring the flavor of Orange County to John Wayne Airport and, importantly, the variety our passengers have asked for," said Alan L. Murphy, Airport Director.

Rendering of Market Place (Terminal C)

HMSHost teamed with local and nationally-recognized brands, like Pei Wei Asian Diner, Pinkberry, Zov's Bistro, and Javi's.

Link to gallery of images here.

"HMSHost thanks the airport and is grateful to the Board of Supervisors for selecting our proposal that included signature local restaurants," said Anthony Alessi, Vice President, Business Development for HMSHost. "Along with our local partners, we look forward to continuing the great relationship we’ve had with John Wayne Airport and bringing these exciting Orange County icons to travelers." 

HMSHost has been the Primary Food and Beverage operator at JWA since 1990.  Under the new lease, the company will remodel and update its existing spaces and add new concessions throughout JWA, including:

Rotated Square (Located between Terminals A and B)
"Marketplace" (Terminal C)
Coffee (Terminals A, B and C)
Snack Bar / Grab and Go
  • Zov's Bistro (Terminal A, pre-security)
  • La Tapenade Mediterranean Café (Terminal B, pre-security)
  • Ciao Gourmet Market  (Terminal C, post-security newswall)

HMSHost's lease is a major component of the overall concessions plan at John Wayne Airport. In other business yesterday, the Board of Supervisors awarded leases to Paradies-OC, LLC and The Hudson Group for News and Gift concessions.  Three Specialty Concessions were previously awarded by the Orange County Board of Supervisors: Caterina's, Subway and Vino Volo. On January 25, 2011, the Board of Supervisors will consider awarding leases for two Fast Food concessions to operate in Terminals A, B and C.

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John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the County of Orange and serves approximately nine million passengers annually. The Airport is served by nine commercial passenger airlines serving multiple nonstop destinations throughout the United States. More information can be found at

HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining and shopping for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.5 billion and employs more than 34,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. With sales of over €5.7 billion in 2009, the Group operates in 43 countries and employs some 70,000 people. It manages over 5,500 stores in more than 1,200 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and find us on Facebook at HMSHost Making the Traveler’s Day Better.