Abu Dhabi awards duty free contracts for new $3bn airport terminal

Aer Rianta International and Lagardère Capital will provide retail concessions in Midfield Terminal Building
Abu Dhabi awards duty free contracts for new $3bn airport terminal
By Staff writer
Tue 22 Dec 2015 03:39 PM

Abu Dhabi Airports on Tuesday awarded contracts to Aer Rianta International and Lagardère Capital to provide Duty Free concessions in the new $3 billion Midfield Terminal Building which will increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 45 million passengers per year.

It will feature a total of 28,000 square metres of Duty Free space, comprising of 18,000 square metres of retail and 10,000 square meters for food and beverage outlets when it opens in 2017, the operator of Abu Dhabi International said in a statement.

The Aer Rianta International group (ARI), which has operations at airports in Europe, New Zealand, North America and the Middle East, will design and operate Duty Free space dedicated to perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, sunglasses and jewellery.

Lagardère will oversee the tobacco, confectionery, and fine foods categories, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Capital Group, the statement added.

Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "We received several very strong bids for these contracts, but Aer Rianta International and Lagardère Capital came up with ideas that will set new benchmarks in airport retail... we are confident that the MTB retail offering will impress travellers, creating a distinctive sense of purpose and sense of place that they will want to experience again and again."

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