Master Concession Air, Cheney Brothers Partner to Serve Federal Airport Employees During Government Shutdown

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MIAMI (Feb. 1, 2019) — In the wake of the country’s longest government shutdown, Master ConcessionAir and Cheney Brothers partnered to provide complimentary box lunches to federal workers at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Employees of the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Aviation Administration and United States Department of Agriculture were all invited to pick up a free boxed lunch Jan. 19 at the Chili’s Too, To Go in Terminal G. Though the shutdown ended, the companies continued to support employees as they got back on their feet with another free boxed lunch Jan. 26. In addition to the free meals, MCA doubled its employee discount across all its units in MIA to 20 percent.

“We’re so grateful to all of the federal agencies that continue to work and protect the safety of everyone who is traveling,” said Peter Amaro Jr., CEO of MCA. “We are a community here, so we wanted to show our appreciation for all of their efforts and commitment to keeping the airport running smoothly.”

 

Even when they were not being compensated during the shutdown, federal agency employees were expected to continue working. Without their dedication, the safety of airports would be at risk.

MCA, a leader in the airport dining and retail industries, has a longstanding relationship with the Miami International Airport and many other airports across the world. The company has a tradition of providing support during times of crisis and looks to continue these efforts in the future.

“Today’s travelers want the brands they know and love wherever they are,” said Peter Amaro, CEO of MCA. “At the same time, airports have to find the most efficient use of space while optimizing revenue. These kiosk projects are a win-win, and we’re proud to bring them to Miami International Airport.”

 

Both the new TOUS cart and Desigual cube are located in Concourse E. MCA, a leader in airport retail concepts, previously helped bring a larger Desigual unit and a larger TOUS store to other locations in the airport.

This is the first time MCA has created the unique cube kiosk, which focuses on women’s clothing. It is also the first time Desigual has debuted such a concept in the U.S.

“We’re constantly thinking outside the box—or in this case, the cube,” Amaro said. “Airports need innovative ways to make the most of walkways and unused space to offer travelers the best experience, and we deliver. We hope to bring similar concepts to other airports soon.”

MCA has a longstanding relationship with Miami International Airport, as well as a strong presence throughout airports in the Southeast.