Lower prices for coffee and snacks for people awaiting their flights at Ben-Gurion International Airport are going to have to wait, it seems, now that the Israel Airports Authority has quietly canceled bidding to operate two coffee stations at the airport's main terminal.
The IAA had set top prices for four basic menu items and said it would award higher scores for bids that promised even lower ones.
In any case, the IAA's move represents another setback to lower the exorbitant food prices travelers pay at Ben-Gurion - a stunning contrast to plunging airfares since the Open Skies accord with the European Union went into effect in 2013.
Efforts to restructure the contract for operating the taxi franchise at Ben-Gurion, aimed at lowering fares, has also been enmeshed in accusations that the IAA is doing little to lower the fat fees it charges, which are passed on to riders.
"The IAA operates a shopping mall with the highest fees per square meter anywhere in the country without having the foggiest idea about how to properly manage the Ben-Gurion mall," said a source in the restaurant industry.
Most café operators declined to submit bids at all, citing the poor terms, even after the IAA cut the basic fee by half.
"The price of coffee may go down but sandwiches will have to be higher."
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