ACRP Synthesis Report: Food and Beverage and Retail Operators: The Costs of Doing Business at Airports

Airport Cooperative Research Program has released a synthesis report on Food and Beverage and Retail Operators: The Costs of Doing Business at Airports that is likely to be of interest to the Commercial Management Committee.

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 81: Food and Beverage and Retail Operators: The Costs of Doing Business at Airports explores ways to comprehend the complex airport terminal operating environment in order to understand and forecast operating costs and to judge the potential for success and profitability. The synthesis compiles practices of airports to improve the communication of cost data to better evaluate and make decisions based on the total cost of doing business at airports.

Concessions operators at airports need to fully comprehend the complex airport terminal operating environment in order to understand and forecast operating costs and to judge the potential for success and profitability. Information used in this study was acquired through a review of the literature and interviews with a sample of 15 small, medium, and large-hub airports employing varying concession management structures. Ken Buckner and Firelli Pitters, Unison Consulting, Inc., and Andrew Weddig collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report..