Tallinn Airport approaches retailers for airside contract

By Charlotte Turner |

Tallinn-airport-leadTallinn Airport has directly approached several European duty free operators with a view to awarding a new contract for three airside duty free shops, Katri Keian, Commercial Concessions Sales Manager tells TRBusiness.


The tender will be open until 29.11.2016 12:00 am (Estonian time), and the airport urges those looking for further information to contact [email protected].


The winning tenderer will operate all three airside duty free shops for a 7-10 year period and will be expected to offer the following: alcoholic beverages; tobacco and cigars; confectionery; perfume; fashion and fashion accessories as well as jewellery.


“We are looking for a duty free operator who will be operating three shops including the 800sq m main shop (a walk through just after the security check). In addition to that [there will be] a 100sq m shop in the middle of the Schengen area and a 70sq m shop in the Non-Schengen area,” Keian told TRBusiness.



On its website Tallinn Airport says “it will never be the largest in the world, but it can be the world’s cosiest airport,” and that passenger satisfaction is ‘important’. “We want customers to feel at home,” it adds.


“The tenderer will be elected not later than 11.01.2017 and the contract will start from 01.01.2018.”


Tallinn Airport’s current duty free operator is Inflight Service Group Estonia [a subsidiary of Inflight Service (IFS), which was 100% acquired by gategroup in February this year], but their contract doesn’t cover fashion, fashion accessories and jewellery at present.


However, as reported, Lagardère Travel Retail has since agreed to buy the EuroShop airport and ferry operations owned by IFS in Poland and Estonia. IFS Estonia consists of three stores at Tallinn Airport and one seaport outlet.


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