THE cafe at Enniskillen Airport is off to a flying start with a Kinawley woman in charge.
Twenty-six-year-old cook Bernie Smith from Kinawley recently took over the Catalina Cafe at St Angelo Airport.
Previously, the cafe was closed for a long period of time but it has since underwent a major refurbishment ahead of the re-opening and is now dog friendly.
The Catalina Cafe re-opened on June 3rd, but the grand opening took place last Sunday to coincide with the Catalina arriving at the airport.
Speaking to the Herald, Ms Smith said, “The cafe is getting busier. Last Sunday we had the Catalina over from the Portrush Air Show doing water training on Lough Erne.
“There was a lot of buzz around the airport and a lot of people using the cafe. As the cafe is called the Catalina Cafe, we decided to tie the opening day with the Catalina landing in Enniskillen. It was a great day.”
Located at Ballycassidy, the airport has been open for over 60 years, and the opening of the cafe is another attraction to bring people to the area. There is also plans to add a play park for the kids sometime in the near future. Ms Smith bakes her own tray bakes and scones, and she also credit her granny who first taught her how to cook as a child.
Ms Smith continued, “A lot of people like sitting at the windows so they can watch what is going on at the airport. There is also a viewing area outside with picnic tables.
“The airport is getting a lot busier now that the cafe is back open.
“We are attracting a lot of pilots from across Ireland and the UK. We have even had pilots come here from France so the word is definitely getting out. The local people are also very supportive.”
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