Japanese airline partnering in Changi Airport food court

A Japanese airline with a Singapore partner will open an all-Japanese food court at Changi Airport by the end of this year.

Japan Gourmet Hall Sora is a joint venture between a subsidiary of All Nippon Airways (ANA) and specialty consultant Komars Group. It takes over the space formerly occupied by Seafood Paradise and Fish & Co in the public area on the third floor of Terminal 2.

It is the first time the airport has awarded a lease for two amalgamated units, says Changi Airport Group (CAG).

With a floor area of 721 sqm and an estimated seating capacity of 300 people, Japan Gourmet Hall Sora will be the largest restaurant space in Changi Airport. No official opening date has been set, but an ANA Trading spokesperson says the target is early November.

ANA says there will be six Japanese restaurants in the food court, serving such fare as okonomiyaki pancakes as well as ramen, and tendon and seafood bowls. Customers will be able to order at multiple restaurants and pay for everything in one transaction.

With its partners, ANA will be investing about ¥200 million (S$2.5 million/US$1.8 million) into Japan Gourmet Hall Sora. The lease will be for three years with an option to extend for another three. The venture will be run SG Retail, the ANA Trading/Komars JV.

ANA Trading says it chose Changi Airport for the project because of its size, passenger count and its winning of the Skytrax World’s Best Airport title last year.

“We are planning to expand the business to other Asian countries, based on the success of the project,” a spokesperson says.

Photo: ANA Trading

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