AoT to issue duty free pick-up counter tender; Don Mueang Airport bid looms

By Andrew Pentol |

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AoT will operate its own duty free pick-up counters at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (pictured) and Don Mueang Airports.

Airports of Thailand (AoT) is to issue a tender to operate duty free pick-up counters at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airports.

According to an AoT statement seen by TRBusiness, tender documents are expected to be available for purchase in December 2019. This follows the appointment of a working group to define the terms of the tender.

During a meeting of the AoT Board of Directors on 18 September 2019, AoT revealed it will operate its own duty free pick-up counters and that the winning bidder will also have opportunity to run pick-up counters in cities across the country.

The duty free pick-up counters are aimed at consumers who prefer to shop downtown and collect duty free purchases at designated counters at airports before boarding their flights.


Online entrepreneurs and existing duty free operators are invited to participate in the tender.

AoT said: “As well as encouraging tourists to conveniently purchase goods and receive them at the airport, this will increase revenue from tourism and the proportion of income unrelated to the aviation business  (non-aeronautical revenue).”

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King Power International recently retained its duty free contract at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Meanwhile, AoT is ‘defining the criteria’ ahead of issuing an imminent tender for the duty free concession at Don Mueang Airport. King Power International is the incumbent and been operating there since 1989. Its agreement was last renewed in 2012 and and the current contract expires in September 2022.

Having recently retained its BKK duty free contract, secured the duty free concession at three Thai regional airports (Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai) and gained the right to manage commercial areas at BKK, King Power will be confident of success in Don Mueang.


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