Doubling the size of the international retail space at
Christchurch Airport is one of the many changes coming as a result
of the appointment of a new world leading concessionaire.
The airport has just signed a new eight-year concession with
Lagardere Travel Retail, which, along with the introduction of a
new larger Duty Free offering under the Aelia brand, will see the
addition of four new retail offerings, including a hero South
Island inspired bar.
Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the
travel retail industry. It operates 4,431 stores across Travel
Essentials, Duty Free and Foodservice in airports, railway stations
and other concessions in 34 countries worldwide.
The airport's Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer, Justin
Watson, says the first stage of the changes will begin next month
with the introduction of Aelia Duty Free to international arrivals
and departures, in time for the busy upcoming summer season, with
the second phase being completed by November 2019.
"We are very excited about the changes that are coming and are
pleased to have such a significant global retailer aligned to
deliver the aspirations for the airport. Together we are
planning new experiential and digital developments to showcase the
South Island to our visitors," he says.
"Overall there will be six new or expanded retail concepts in
the Duty Free space, including Aelia Duty Free in arrivals and
departures, Relay, a specialist confectionery store, clothing,
locally inspired products, and new bar and café offerings.
Increasing the spaces and the offerings is designed to provide more
choice and a better experience for our ever increasing number of
visitors, as well as South Islanders going off to see the