Heinemann Australia gains duty free extension at Gold Coast Airport to 2029

By Luke Barras-hill |

Heinemann Australia won the seven-year duty contract at Gold Coast Airport in 2018 and currently operates departures and arrivals shops across 730 sqm.

Heinemann Asia Pacific subsidiary Heinemann Australia has been granted a contract extension to continue operating its duty free concession at Gold Coast Airport (OOL) until 2029.

The travel retailer won the seven-year duty contract in 2018 and currently operates departures and arrivals shops across 730 sqm.

Heinemann says its departures and arrivals shopping footprint will expand to 1,324sq, according to a statement today (10 March) confirming the lease prolongation.

The enlarged space will house a number of new brands to the airport, including within P&C where travellers will encounter a comprehensive spread of skincare, fragrance and cosmetics items.

This is designed to reflect strong international passenger demand for the categories at Gold Coast Airport and will draw on Heinemann Australia’s deep-rooted category expertise from its assortment at Sydney International Airport.

Gold Coast Airport is currently investing in a three-level 30,000sq m expansion of the single terminal, which is set to open in 2022.

The terminal will double in size and include – alongside the enlarged retail space – connections to four glass aerobridges, a spacious departure lounge and new baggage handling and border control facilities.

Capacity will increase to meet growing passenger demand, at the same time as positioning the airport for the travel recovery after international border restrictions were removed last month.

“With a new terminal space, we saw an opportunity to significantly upgrade our retail offering for passengers,” said Isabelle Yates, General Manager – Commercial Revenue at Queensland Airports, which owns and operates Gold Coast Airport.

“We were impressed with Heinemann’s understanding of our vision for the terminal and their ideas for creating a shop that reflects our design concept inspired by the Gold Coast’s unique geography. We are excited to embark on this new journey with them to welcome back international passengers with a brand new shopper experience.”

Johannes Sammann, Heinemann Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer, added: “We are thrilled to extend our concession with Gold Coast Airport and to have the opportunity to expand and elevate our shops. The extended lease term gives us a longer runway to further invest in and develop our offering for travellers to the Gold Coast. This puts us in a perfect position to capture growth opportunities created by the continued development of the Gold Coast as a premier business and leisure travel destination in Australia, and the long-awaited recovery of tourism in the Asia Pacific.”

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