EXCLUSIVE: Top 10 Airports claw back ground after 2020 fallout for DF&TR

By Luke Barras-hill |

In customary fashion, TRBusiness’ award-winning editorial team offers authoritative reporting on the commercial performances of leading international airports.

The globe’s Top 10 Airports for DF&TR sales pre-pandemic (2019) are revisited in TRBusiness’ annual report, available in the July/August e-zine.

It remains an unprecedented and unforgiving landscape for global airport operators, travel retailers and their partners.

Stakeholders have moved from damage limitation to preparedness over the course of a 2020 that resulted in a black hole in passenger volumes to the tune of six billion – a 64.6% decline year-on-year, according to ACI World.

In the process, close to $125 billion was wiped off operators’ balance sheets, down 66.3% year-on-year to $63.4 billion.

Taking into account the continued torrid circumstances for many airports and their retail operations, TRBusiness took the decision this year not to rank airports by their share of DF&TR retail revenues [you can read more about the reasoning behind the decision by clicking here].


Instead, TRBusiness decided to revisit each of the 10 airports in situ as they were ranked in 2020 (based on 2019 data) and offer a snapshot of the Top 10 airports worldwide in terms of international departures traffic in 2019, 2020 and a 2021 forecast, courtesy of data from m1nd-set.

The airports, profiled in order of their 2019 DF&TR revenue performances, are as follows: Incheon International, Singapore Changi, Dubai International, Shanghai Pudong, Beijing Capital International, Hong Kong International, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Tokyo Narita International and Istanbul.

You’ll find interviews and detailed commentary with each of airport operators in the Top 10 Airports report by clicking here.


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