ANA Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA) from VINCI Airports group has chosen Dublin and Cork airports operator DAA subsidiary Aer Rianta International (ARI) as the partner of choice to form a joint venture company to operate its duty-free and duty-paid retail concessions portfolio in Portugal.
The contract covers eight airport locations in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira Islands (Madeira and Porto Santo) and Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada, Sta Maria, Horta) from 1 June of this year.
The concession scope incorporates more than 34 commercial spaces, including duty free main shops, satellite stores, and fashion/beauty stores, with a total area approximately of 9,500 square metres, which the new joint venture will manage for a seven year period.
Statement By ANA CEO
Get a FREE Digital Subscription!Enjoy full access to Hospitality Ireland, our weekly email news digest, all website and app content, and every digital issue.
ANA CEO Thierry Ligonnière stated, "We were looking for a business partner with a proven track record in the travel retail industry and with a strong alignment with VINCI Airports priorities on passenger experience, sense of place and innovation. We are excited to initiate this new partnership with ARI and to deploy a unique shopping environment with two key values: authenticity and sustainability. We are convinced that authentic retail experiences, inspired by the uniqueness of the region of the airports, blending local tastes and flavours with a wide-range of international products, and keeping our focus on environmental protection at our operations, will contribute to the best of journeys for our passengers."
Statement By ARI CEO
ARI CEO Ray Hernan stated, "We are absolutely delighted to be selected as ANA’s preferred joint venture partner. Announcing such a significant win as we emerge from a global pandemic is testament to the commitment and skills of the entire ARI team. With over 70 years of experience in global travel retail, we look forward to bringing our world class service and extensive brand range to Portugal. Together with the ANA team we will deliver an exceptional tailor-made offering across all locations."
Statement By ARI Chief Operations And Business Development Officer
ARI chief operations and business development officer Nuno Amaral stated, "I am beyond proud that ARI has been successful in the bid to work with the team at ANA and operate the duty-free concessions throughout my home country of Portugal. We knew early in the pitch process that ARI’s vision, ambition and experience in travel retail perfectly complements ANA's innovation and service throughout their airports. We are convinced that ARI’s strong partnership ethos with joint venture partners, brands, and other key stakeholders will lead to the development of a great retail proposition in Portugal."
VINCI Airports Operations
Private airport operator VINCI Airports operates 53 airports across 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and develops, finances, builds and manages airports by providing its investment capacity and knowledge about optimising operational performance, modernising infrastructures, and managing airport operations and environmental transition.
© 2022 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.