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Delaware North loses contract for Houston airport

Delaware North has lost the concessions contract at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and has notified Texas state officials of its intent to lay off its airport workers.

The Buffalo-based hospitality and food-service giant was replaced as the concessionaire at the airport, where it, a wholly owned subsidiary and a joint venture have held the food and beverage contract since 1998, according to the Houston Business Journal.

Delaware North told the Texas Workforce Commission that it will cut 333 jobs at the airport, with the cuts likely to begin when the company’s contract expires June 30.

The Houston City Council last month awarded $1.6 billion in 10-year contracts to WDFG North America, Paradies, Host International, SSP America Texas, Latrelle’s Galley and ATU Americas to provide food and beverage, specialty coffee, retail and duty-free items to the more than 53 million passengers who go through the city’s Bush and William P. Hobby airports each year.

Delaware North says on its website that the company manages more than 300 restaurants and retail stores serving 350 million travelers annually at airports and travel plazas around the world.

The company last year won the contracts to provide concessions to the Charleston International Airport in South Carolina and the Boise Airport in Idaho.

Also, on Monday, Delaware North won a five-year concessions contract for Qualcomm Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.