Dufry Group signs duty free and duty paid agreement at Sangster Airport

By Andrew Pentol |

Dufry Group has been operating at Sangster International Airport in Jamaica since 2012.

Dufry Group has finalised its new concession agreement at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

As first reported last September, MBJ Airports Limited awarded Dufry three packages in a tender for 29 speciality retail and duty free stores at the airport.

The expansion and redevelopment of the retail space is among several plans to further expand and modernise the airport.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dufry can considerably expand its presence at the main airport in Jamaica, by increasing the retail space from 1,800sq m to 2,260sq m. It can also offer an extended product assortment to the 4.6 million travellers visiting the airport annually.

The agreement comprises a new five-year duty free contract effective August 2021. This includes a newly designed walk-through shop, two last-minute duty free shops and a duty free arrival shop.


Core categories such as perfume and cosmetics, spirits, food and confectionery and tobacco, complemented by watches and jewellery, accessories, electronics and luggage are part of the duty free offering.

The second part of the agreement is the six-year duty-paid concession effective June 2021, which includes several of Dufry’s specialised shop concepts.

Concepts include Tech-On-The-Go for electronics; Spirit of Jamaica for souvenirs and the typical Hudson convenience shop offering a vast assortment of travel essentials. The new shops are spread across the whole airport to best serve both domestic and international travellers.

Passenger numbers at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica dropped -63.6% up to December 2020, as indicated by *m1nd-set data provided exclusively to TRBusiness.

Julian Diaz, Dufry Group CEO commented: “We are proud to have been awarded this new concession contract in the completely renewed Montego Bay airport. Jamaica and the Caribbean in general are an important and attractive tourist destination, where we have been successfully operating for many years and we are now looking forward to welcoming our customers with an increased offer of renowned global brands and local premium labels.

“I would like to thank our partners at MBJ Airports Limited for the trust put in Dufry and our local team, which we will honour with a state-of-the-art shopping environment, to create a mutually successful business.”

The phased expansion and redevelopment programme at the airport commenced in March 2020.

Shane Munroe, Chief Executive Officer, MBJ is confident Dufry will build on its excellent work over the years and especially during this period. Munroe said: “We have enjoyed a successful relationship with Dufry since they commenced operation at MBJ in 2012. We are very pleased to have them continue with us as we enhance the retail offer and level of service to our passengers.”

All images courtesy of MBJ Airports. Video courtesy of MBJ Airports/The Design Solution.

*TRBusiness is now able to share exclusive information from Swiss research agency m1nd-set/IATA on the world’s top 1,500 airports after m1nd-set agreed to provide enhanced data courtesy of its Business 1ntelligence Service (B1S).

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