Chief executive Simon Smith said that given the “very challenging” conditions it faces, SSP had put in a resilient performance.
He added that passenger numbers and demand were starting to return in the UK and US thanks to the vaccine rollout.
Sales during the first week of June improved, to down 70 per cent on 2019 levels. Additionally, SSP’s balance sheet is stronger since the first half after raising £475million from investors in April.
Smith said: “The recovery in domestic and leisure travel has now begun in a number of our territories, and our teams are busy reopening units in line with
However, Hargreaves Lansdown senior investment and markets analyst Susannah Streeter said that SSP’s journey back to health “looks arduous”, given the effect that the global coronavirus outbreak has had on how people live their lives.
She said: “The working from home trend shows no sign of fully reversing and the captive commuter market is at risk of evaporating long term.
“With footfall across rail and airnetworks likely to stay subdued for much longer, and material uncertainty hanging over the group, auditors have cast doubt on its ability to continue as a going concern.”