Heinemann joint venture is winner in duty free tender at Ukraine’s Lviv Airport

By Luke Barras-hill |

The contract signing took place on 8 December in the presence of (L-R): Alexander Kolomytsev, Deputy Director General at BF&GH Travel Retail; Simon Forde, General Manager of BF&GH Travel Retail; Wladislaw Kalinets, Head of the Regional Department of the State Property Fund of Ukraine; and Maksym Kozytskyi, Head of the Lviv Regional State Administration.

BF&GH Travel Retail is the new operator of an 800sq m duty free space at Lviv Airport in Ukraine after winning a five-year contract, effective immediately.

The company, an alliance between Gebr. Heinemann and local partner Ukrainian BF Group, inked the agreement yesterday (8 December) after a tender process.

The shop, which features a multi-brand concept, is located on the third floor of the main departure area.

Oleg Zhytomyrsky, Gebr. Heinemann Director – Sales, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, said: “Despite the challenges Covid-19 has brought to the industry as a whole, we will continue to invest in our Ukrainian business. Not only with the opening in Lviv, but also with the renovation of the Boryspil shops, planned for 2022.”

BF&GH Travel Retail operates duty free shops at the aforementioned Boryspil Airport and Kiev Zhuliany Airport.

Simon Forde, General Manager of BF&GH, said: “Customer feedback and data analysis are the basis for everything we do. We have tailored our duty free offer very successfully in our current shops, and look forward to extending this retail expertise to our new location in Lviv.”

An Open Skies agreement was signed between Ukraine and the EU in October.

The positive development for Ukraine’s aviation ecosystem has been welcomed by Heinemann, as Lviv Airport scales up its routes network.

“We see a real opportunity in the developing the regional infrastructure of Ukraine,” added Igor Nudelmann, Area Sales Manager at Gebr. Heinemann. “We have high expectations for our future business in Lviv.”

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