Dufry cuts ribbon to officially open Manchester Airport T2 walkthrough

By Luke Barras-hill |

Dufry says the shop has been well received by customers to date, having delivered a good performance despite changing travel restrictions.

Dufry Group has inaugurated its 1,980sq m World Duty Free walkthrough store at the new Manchester Airport Terminal 2 extension, which opened in July 2021.

Julián Díaz, CEO, Dufry and members of his management met with Manchester Airport Group (MAG) officials yesterday for an informal ribbon-cutting.

Fred Creighton, CEO, World Duty Free, commented: “We are extremely proud of the valued and long-standing partnership we have with the Manchester Airports Group and are delighted to join them to officially open this striking new store.

“It conveys such a strong sense of place and really reflects the great spirit and culture of Manchester. Feedback on the store has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing to deliver a first-class shopping experience to each and every customer that visits Manchester’s new Terminal 2.”

Left to right: Charlie Cornish, Group Chief Executive, MAG; CEO, Dufry; and Fred Creighton, CEO, World Duty Free UK & Germany.

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The store, which started trading in August 2021, is the centrepiece of the terminal’s £1 billion transformation programme.

located in the international departures hall immediately after security, the shop sells core liquor, tobacco and confectionery items, plus luxury accessories.

It also houses a dedicated ‘World of Whiskies’ area.

Alongside the walkthrough unit, World Duty Free operates three stores in the Terminal 2 extension: a 129sq m Express outlet, a 231sq m Beauty Collection store, and a 230sq m Collection shop.

Stephen Turner, Group Retail & Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, added: “We are really pleased to see this new World Duty Free store officially opened.

“It is central to the offering in Terminal 2 and adds an extra dimension to the world-class passenger experience we aim to deliver in this flagship facility.

“It is fantastic to see the unique character of the region reflected in the store’s offering as well.”

To watch a video interview with Ben Green, Retail Director, MAG, click here.

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