Lagardère extends African presence with Libreville win

By Andrew Pentol |


Lagardère Travel Retail will have the exclusive right to operate over 600sq m of retail and food at Libreville Leon Mba international Airport.

Lagardère Travel Retail has signed a service agreement with GSEZ Airport, a subsidiary of Gabon Special Economic Zone (a private partnership between Olam International, the Gabonese Republic and Africa Finance Corporation) to operate at Libreville Leon Mba international Airport.

The retailer, which won the $575m Senegal Airport duty free last year and began operating at the new Sénégal Blaise Diagne International Airport when it opened on 7 December 2017, will have the exclusive right to operate over 600sq m of retail and food.

The collaboration between the Gabon Special Economic Zone and Lagardère Travel Retail will enable Libreville and Gabon to enjoy the benefits of the retailer’s prominent, well established and successful Aelia Duty Free and Relay concepts.


These concepts will ‘significantly improve’ the passenger experience and diversify the offer within he airport, according to Lagardère.

Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, the Aelia Duty Free shops will offer a broad range of local brands and products along with a range of international brands. Two Relay shops are due to open simultaneously and will stock a full range of travel essentials.

This includes press, magazines and books, food and beverage, high-tech accessories, hygiene products and gifts and souvenirs.

Lagardère Travel Retail, which opened renovated shops at the airport in October, will also unveil a new restaurant offering international cuisine next summer.


Frederic-Chevalier-Lagardere-TRMeanwhile, Lagardère Travel Retail will operate more than 1,000sq m in the new airport due to open by 2021. Th facility will cover 12 square kilometres with a built area of 35,000sq m over three floors. Capacity will be 2m passenger annually during the first phase of implementation.

Indranil Gupta, Director of the Airport said: “Our priority is to improve the quality of service and the shopping experience of our passengers. The new space developed by Lagardère Travel Retail will enable us to create a best-in-class commercial environment within the existing airport, before building an extended commercial area in the new airport.”

Frédéric Chevalier, Chief Operating Officer EMEA, Lagardère Travel Retail (left) added: “This contract follows our first experience on the African continent in December 2017 in Senegal. It is a very important step in Lagardère Travel Retail’s journey towards new successes in Africa.

“We have demonstrated our ability to bring the best international operational standards to Africa, while developing a very strong and successful local offer. We are very proud and excited about this new opportunity in Gabon.”


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