Fly, dine at new Orlando International food court

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

With longer lines at the airport and higher prices on the airlines, flying is not as much fun as it used to be, but thanks to a new food court at Orlando International Airport, the wait may not be as painful.

Airport officials unveiled a new and improved food hall Tuesday at one of the country’s busiest airports.

The new food hall was launched with much pomp and circumstance with a ribbon cutting attended by airport officials and local dignitaries.

The new Airside 2 Terminal Food Court features some of the country’s favorite brands including Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf’s & Bananas, Jersey Mike’s, Asian Chao, The Market by Villa and Chipotle.

The new food at the Orlando International has completely transformed the airport’s Airside 2 Terminal and features Villa Restaurant Group’s six concepts for travelers and airport employees to enjoy.  The food hall is estimated to bring in more than $150 million in revenue over a 10-year term and has also added nearly 200 permanent jobs to the local economy – ranging from maintenance to management.

Villa Restaurant Group’s design of the dynamic new 11,100-square-foot space includes features like a lot of natural light brought in by the terminals existing skylights, according to a press release.  It also boasts a comfortable, outdoor Orlando patio feel with a seating area featuring a blend of large and small tables, power outlets and a lounge area equipped with a large media wall.

With more than 39 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport is currently the 14th busiest airport in the United States. The Airside 2 terminal currently houses Southwest Airlines and Virgin America.