A range of 135 hospitality jobs have been created in Gatwick Airport's South Terminal, thanks to the opening of the first Nando's restaurant to be sited in an airport in Europe.
Nando's Gatwick, which opened yesterday (July 23rd) has been under construction for several months and spans 5,900 square feet.
Visitors will find the recognisable Nando's style inside, with African art on display.
The eatery operates 20 hours per day from 4am until the airport's final flight of the night. It has space for 220 customers.
"Gatwick is thrilled that Nando’s has opened its doors to passengers today," commented the airport's business development manager for catering, Charlotte Christiansen.
"Nando’s is a hugely popular brand and its extensive menu is perfectly matched to airport dining as it is quick, fresh and delicious and is also complemented by the exclusive breakfast option that is available as a grab-and-go," she added.
In excess of a third of Gatwick passengers said they would like a Nando's at the airport, and it has reacted to that, she said.
Gatwick Food and Beverage Strategy Market Research 2013 surveyed passengers, with 33 per cent saying that Nando's would be the Gatwick food brand they were most likely to visit, compared to a range of other famous options.
The chicken-focussed eatery was thus the option participants picked most often when answering this question.
The South Terminal at Gatwick has undergone significant restaurant and shop redevelopment. Work worth £40 million earlier in 2014 saw Mango, Harrods, Zara and other stores open there.
Food and drink locations to open at Gatwick's South Terminal since 2011 include Giraffe and The London Bar.
Before this year's South Terminal redevelopment, the North Terminal was also revamped. It has had nine food and drink locations open during the last two years. Yo! Sushi, Jamie's Italian and Starbucks are among the brands in that list.
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency to help source hospitality recruitment jobs.