New contract sees low-touch vending stations installed at Leeds Bradford Airport

Livewell Vending has partnered with Leeds Bradford Airport to provide passengers with safe and easy access to high-quality refreshments and travel essentials.

As lockdown eases and travel resumes, passengers are now returning to airports with new hygiene guidelines in place. Many airlines have suspended the sale of food and drink on flights to reduce in-flight contact points – and not all catering options in terminals have returned.

By installing three modern, low-touch VendSafe stations at the airport, Livewell has enabled passengers to get the food, drinks and PPE they need – and all in a COVID-safe way.

The stations provide a quick and easy way for travellers to buy what they need before boarding. One landside station sells snacks, face coverings and 100ml antibacterial spray, all of which can be taken through security. And two airside stations, located opposite gates 7 and 8 in the ground floor departure lounge, provide a full range of food and drinks to take on the plane.

Products are stored in hygienic, temperature-controlled units behind glass screens. Wipe-clean touch screens, automated dispensing mechanisms and contactless payments allow for an easy choice of branded refreshments and PPE travel essentials.

Livewell has enabled COVID-safe vending with COSSH-approved hand sanitiser dispensers fixed to the front of each station and floor signage to aid social distancing.

Managing director of Livewell Vending, Aaron Prout, said: “Leeds Bradford Airport is on our doorstep and we are delighted to have won this contract. The launch had been on hold due to COVID-19, so it is great now to be up and running. With a low touch interface and contactless payments, the vending set-up has proven ideal for cautious passengers, and we are off to a flying start!”

A spokesperson for Leeds Bradford Airport, added: “The resumption of flights is well and truly underway at Leeds Bradford Airport and we’re delighted to introduce Livewell contactless vending machines as part of our adjusted operations. Passengers can continue to use the airport safely, with access to refreshments, face coverings and hand gel. We see investments like this as important additions to the airport and thank Livewell for providing a timely solution.”