Vantage Group and Partners Pick Up Six Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) + Hospitality Awards

Jun 28, 2024

Vantage Group and its partners at Kansas City International Airport, Sangster International Airport, and LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the Vantage Group-led company that manages New York’s LaGuardia Terminal B, have collectively received six awards at the 2024 Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) + Hospitality Awards event on June 26 in Ontario, CA. The awards event is presented by The Moodie Davitt Report, a leading global travel multimedia company, and recognizes excellence in the travel food and beverage (F&B) industry across the world. This year was particularly competitive, with nearly 300 global entries submitted for awards across categories.

After just over a year of operation, the locally inspired concession program at the New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) has been named winner of the FAB Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year for the Americas & Caribbean. The award recognizes the overall excellence of an airport’s F&B program and encompasses service standards, brand offer, commercial success, and other criteria. The program, developed by Vantage Group, along with the Kansas City Aviation Department, features nearly 50 diverse eating and shopping concepts of which 80% are local to the region – proudly showcasing Kansas City’s premier flavors, artisans, and history. Furthermore, the program is already generating significant economic activity including the creation of new jobs and transformative opportunities for small, local, minority businesses. It is expected to achieve an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation rate of more than 60%. This year, the airport also won top honors at the recent 2024 Airport Experience News Airport Excellence Awards, winning Best Overall Concession Program in the medium/small airports category as well as the 2024 Airport Council International – North America’s top prize of the Richard A. Griesbach Award for Excellence in Airport Concessions.

MCI FAB award 2024

At Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport, Bob Marley’s One Love Restaurant was honored with four FAB Awards – Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year, Airport Food & Beverage Offer Best Representing Sense of Place (regional winner, Americas & Caribbean), Airport Restaurant Design of the Year, and Airport Food & Beverage Opening of the Year (regional winner, Americas & Caribbean). The restaurant, in partnership with MBJ Airports, Margaritaville Caribbean Group, and The Design Solution, operates on the concept that food is a universal language that brings people together and highlights local Jamaican and Caribbean flavors. Vantage Group is an equity investor in MBJ Airports Limited, the company that manages Sangster International Airport.

Finally, the Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club at LaGuardia Airport was awarded the Airport Lounge Food & Beverage Offering of the Year. The Lounge, in partnership with LaGuardia Gateway Partners, Airport Dimensions, and JP Morgan Chase & Co, is the brand’s largest to date at 16,200 square feet and offers world class amenities including F&B, a children’s playground, and even private suites.

“We are honored to see Vantage Group locations and valued partners recognized with these coveted awards, which are amongst the most prestigious in the global transportation concessions business,” said Sammy Patel, Vice President, Commercial, Vantage Group. “Across our network, we offer guests F&B options that prioritize variety, quality, service excellence, and sense of place. This recognition by FAB is a testament to the dedication and commitment of so many of our partners and team members in creating truly unique guest experiences.”

The full list of FAB award winners is available here:

About Vantage Group
Vantage Group is a global leader in airport and transportation investment, development, management, and advisory services. Since 1994, Vantage’s corporate and network-wide team has managed an award-winning portfolio, building strong partnerships that integrate global expertise and local know-how to solve complex transportation challenges at every network location. Over three decades, Vantage has built a track record of creating customized solutions to transform airports and transportation centers that benefit the passengers, stakeholders, and communities they serve. Vantage is a wholly owned strategic platform of Investcorp Corsair Infrastructure Partners for capital deployment in the airport and transportation sectors. Visit to learn more.

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