WDF walkthrough is first duty free shop at Teesside Airport in eight years

By Luke Barras-hill |

World Duty Free opened its doors on 21 December in what Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has called a ‘major ‘milestone’.

Teesside International Airport in Darlington, UK this week inaugurated a 173sq m World Duty Free (WDF) walkthrough store.

The Dufry-operated airside shop, which threw open its doors on 21 December, sells perfume & cosmetics, liquor, confectionery, luxury goods and a range of other items.

Dufry struck a 12-year agreement with the airport earlier this year and has recruited 12 staff.

Fred Creighton, CEO, World Duty Free in the UK said: “We are pleased and proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the airport’s story and to be able to play our part in helping to regenerate the airport and its retail offer.

“Our new tax and duty free store takes shopping to the next level for all passengers visiting the airport – and in time for Christmas. As well as helping to boost the local economy, we’ve also been able to further support the region by creating several new jobs for local people.

‘PRIDE BACK IN TEESSIDE’

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming customers to the store, as they fly out of Teesside over the festive period.”

The store opening is part of the airport terminal’s multi-million pound redevelopment and represents the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work.

Source: Teesside International Airport.

The new unit joins other recently opened shops such as fashion boutique House of Zana and beauty salon Rejoy, and News Essentials.

A new £100,000/$134,000 Bannatyne Spa is due to open in the departures area.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “Opening this World Duty Free shop just in time for Christmas is another major milestone in putting the pride back into Teesside, and it has created 12 good-quality jobs and supported some of our brilliant local construction companies in the process.

“If Santa’s passing through and needs some last-minute gifts, he knows where to come.”

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