Aer Rianta International wins Muscat duty free contract
Aer Rianta International has won a contract to operate the duty free concession at the new Muscat International Airport in Oman for 10 years.
The Irish company is a subsidiary of the DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, and in conjunction with partners has managed duty free operations at the existing Muscat airport since 2003.
Its new contract will see it operate the duty free concession contract in the new Muscat International Airport from March 2017.
The new airport has the capacity to eventually handle up to 36 million passengers a year and is slated to open next year.
Aer Rianta International (ARI) will operate over 5,000 sq m of duty free area, for a range of products including watches, toys, gourmet foods and luxury fashion.
The company was up against stiff international competition for the contract. Other bidders included Hong Kong-based DFS, as well as Turkey's ATU.
ARI recently won a 10-year duty free contract for Abu Dhabi's airport, at a new terminal there that's due to open next year.
Earlier last year, ARI also won a contract to operate concessions at Auckland in New Zealand.
ARI provides retail services in airports all over the world, at locations including Beirut, Delhi, Auckland, Montreal, Barbados, as well as Dublin and Cork. It also owns 20pc of Dusseldorf Airport in Germany.
DAA International - which operates separately to ARI - was established by the semi-state to provide a range of airport management, operational and advisory services. Earlier this year, the subsidiary won a contract to operate a new terminal at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia.