Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has signed a deal to open three shops inside Birmingham International Airport.

The shops are the first to open in any airport outside the South East region. There will be one shop in the departure lounge of Terminal 1, one before departures in the same terminal and a new external kiosk.

Andrew Walker, the managing director at Pret, said: "We are really impressed by the vision of the team at Birmingham Airport and are looking forward to working in partnership to deliver a great service to their millions of passengers."

Richard Gill, the head of commercial market development at the airport, added: "We are delighted to be welcoming another established and successful brand here to Birmingham Airport and look forward to seeing the outlets operational and offering passengers their trademark high-standard of fresh produce.

"The airport is currently embarking on a £13 million terminal redesign, which will see a vastly improved commercial offering to passengers, and these new Pret A Manger outlets signal our intent to attract the very best to Birmingham."

Work on the units is set to begin in March, with plans to be open for business in May. The shops’ opening hours will be between 4am-11pm Monday to Sunday, with plans to open 24 hours during the summer months when the airport is busiest.