ARI forms JV with ANA to run duty free & duty paid airport units in Portugal

By Luke Barras-hill |

Aer Rianta International (ARI) has struck a partnership with Vinci-owned ANA Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA) to operate a sweep of duty free and duty paid airport concessions in the country.

The joint venture contract, effective 1 June, covers eight airports: Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira Islands (Madeira and Porto Santo) and Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada, Santa Maria, Horta).

As reported, ANA issued a request for proposals covering 34 commercial spaces over 9,500sq m in July last year.

ARI and ANA will manage a seven-year concession for the spaces, which include duty free shops, satellite stores and fashion and beauty outlets over a total area of approximately 9,500sq m.


“We are absolutely delighted to be selected as ANA’s preferred joint venture partner,” commented ARI Chief Executive Officer Ray Hernan. “Announcing such a significant win as we emerge from a global pandemic is testament to the commitment and skills of the entire ARI team.

“With over 70 years of experience in global travel retail, we look forward to bringing our world-class service and extensive brand range to Portugal. Together with the ANA team we will deliver an exceptional tailor-made offering across all locations.”

(Pictured and above): The Aer Rianta International and ANA Aeroportos de Portugal joint venture company will be responsible for 34 commercial spaces under a seven-year concession contract spanning eight airports in Portugal.

Thierry Ligonnière, Chief Executive Officer, ANA said: “We were looking for a business partner with a proven track record in the travel retail industry and with a strong alignment with Vinci Airports’ priorities on passenger experience, sense of place and innovation. We are excited to initiate this new partnership with ARI and to deploy a unique shopping environment with two key values: authenticity and sustainability.

“We are convinced that authentic retail experiences, inspired by the uniqueness of the region of the airports, blending local tastes and flavours with a wide-range of international products, and keeping our focus on environmental protection at our operations, will contribute to the best of journeys for our passengers.”

Adding his thoughts on the bid process, Nuna Amaral, ARI’s Chief Operations and Business Development Officer and a native of Portugal, added: “We knew early in the pitch process that ARI’s vision, ambition and experience in travel retail perfectly complements ANA’s innovation and service throughout their airports. We are convinced that ARI’s strong partnership ethos with joint venture partners, brands, and other key stakeholders will lead to the development of a great retail proposition in Portugal.”

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