The company looking to unseat the main concessionaire at John Wayne Airport has offered the airport $10 million more in rent compared with its first proposal.
Delaware North Cos. of New York is hoping to sway the Orange County Board of Supervisors, which will decide on Jan. 11 which company controls the county-owned airport's restaurants, cocktail lounges and snack shops.
At stake is the right to sublease about 28,000 square feet of commercial space in the main terminal and in the under-construction Terminal C. After 20 years with the same concessionaire and an expiring contract, the airport sought proposals for new restaurant concepts and new revenue projections.
Delaware North last week increased the minimum amount it would agree to pay the county over 10 years from $24 to $34 million.
Current concessionaire HMSHost Corporation of Maryland offered the county $39 million, and the Airport Commission voted unanimously Dec. 15 to recommend the county stay with HMSHost. After the vote, at least one commissioner cited the higher rent in his decision.