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July 11, 2019


HMSHost and partners celebrate grand opening

Cutting the ribbon for Blaze Pizza at John Wayne Airport, from left to right: David Pfeiffer, Deputy Airport Director, Business Development, John Wayne Airport; Amy Goethals, Airport Concessions Manager, John Wayne Airport; Rick Francis, Assistant Airport Director, John Wayne Airport; Iris Messina, Vice President of Business Development, HMSHost; Shane Robinson, President, S&C Robinson Enterprise; Jessica Dixon, Asset Manager, Business Development, John Wayne Airport; Joe Niknam, Senior Director of Operations, HMSHost.  

SANTA ANA, Calif. (July 11, 2019) – Blaze Pizza®, known for exceptional quality and lightning fast speeds, is now open in John Wayne Airport (SNA). Global restaurateur HMSHost and partner S&C Robinson Enterprise operate the new pizza shop in the airport’s Terminal B/C. The addition of Blaze Pizza expands dining options for SNA travelers with a segment-leading fast casual pizza experience.

“Delivering the best dining experiences available to travelers is HMSHost’s passion and our partnership with John Wayne Airport continues to make this happen. We appreciate John Wayne Airport and the County of Orange for the opportunity to enhance the experience in their airport with the addition of Blaze Pizza,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Iris Messina.

Travelers often seek speed and quality when choosing where to eat and Blaze Pizza’s made-to-order pizzas and efficient service format are perfect for busy airport travelers who want an excellent meal. Guests can also download a free HMSHost “Host2Coast” app directly to a mobile device via QR code to pre-order their meal from Blaze Pizza, pay and schedule a pick-up time up to 4 hours in advance.

“As part of our commitment to elevating the superior guest experience, we’re excited to welcome Blaze Pizza to John Wayne Airport,” said Barry Rondinella, Airport Director. “Blaze offers travelers a convenient dining option with a variety of freshly made ingredients perfect for any pizza fan including those with special dietary needs.” 

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint” serving custom-built artisanal pizzas with a wide selection of fresh, high-quality ingredients. Pizzas are made fast in a blazing hot open-flame oven that’s the focal point of every Blaze Pizza location. The oven’s high heat cooks each pizza in just 180 seconds—perfectly crisped to perfection for travelers. Blaze Pizza also satisfies cravings for customers with specific dietary needs with gluten-free and vegan offerings, and non-pizza items such as a variety of salads on the menu. 

HMSHost proudly serves SNA travelers a variety of leading concepts. A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at SNA is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard Customer Service, as well as Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which includes its award-winning food donation program, as well as plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant MonthChannel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, and Eat Well. Travel Further. 

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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