Tuesday 11 December 2018

Dublin Airport puts airside T1 and T2 electronics concessions out to tender

The current Dixons stores at Dublin Airport rang up €11m in sales last year.
The current Dixons stores at Dublin Airport rang up €11m in sales last year.
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Dublin Airport operator DAA has put its lucrative electronics store concessions out for renewal. The concessions at the airport are currently held by Dixons Travel.

The DAA said that the Dixons outlet in Terminal 1 generated sales of almost €6.1m last year, while the Terminal 2 outlet had sales of nearly €5.2m. The successful tenderer is expected to secure a five-year concession for the two outlets.

Terminal 1 handled about 16.7 million passengers last year, while Terminal 2 handled 11.2 million. An average of 76,458 passengers use Dublin Airport every day, with the number rising to more than 93,000 during the peak summer season. Dublin Airport is expected to handle about 30 million passengers this year.

The existing electronics store in Terminal 1 extends over 195 sq m, while the Terminal 2 outlet will cover about 80 sq m. Last year, the Terminal 2 electronics store outlet extended over more than 200 sq m.

Earlier this month, the DAA indicated that it was preparing to embark on a major overhaul of its airside retail operations at Terminal 2, which are operated by its Aer Rianta International subsidiary.

It will include the development of a new 14,500 sq ft duty-free outlet, a large liquor store as well as other new units for the sale of items such as perfume, luggage and jewellery.

The tender relates to work in the main retail areas of the departures lounge, a mix of space managed directly by the DAA and concession stores.

T2 opened in 2010 at a cost of €600m, and can handle 15 million passengers a year. Its retail units are among the busiest in the State.

Aer Rianta International also operates retail businesses at airports all over the world.

In the Middle East, its joint venture will soon take charge of additional new retail space at Muscat Airport in Oman, when a new terminal opens. That will see the amount of retail space operated by the firm there triple.

The Middle East joint venture will also operate 1,000 sq m of retail space at the King Khaled airport in Saudi Arabia which opens in January. It also has operations in Bahrain, Lebanon and Cyprus.

Aer Rianta International also manages airport retail operations in countries including New Zealand, India and Canada.

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