Having suspended its activities due to the halt in flights during Covid-19 period, ATU Duty Free started hosting its passengers once again at its stores in line with the rules of the new normal and its rigorous measures.
Founded as a partnership between TAV Airports and Unifree Duty Free / Gebr. Heinemann, ATU Duty Free, the leading company in duty free sector, completed its detailed preparations as part of the health and safety measures for passengers and employees during the Covid-19 period and started to gradually open its stores to passengers.
As part of the measures taken during the new period, all employees were decided to use masks, face shields and gloves. Visuals and floor labels were placed in many areas within the stores to remind social distance. Disinfection units were positioned at the entrances and interiors of the stores enable passengers to disinfect their hands. Moreover, frequently contacted areas at the stores are regularly disinfected; perfume testers, clothing and accessories products, shopping baskets and POS machines are cleaned after each trial and usage with proper solutions. Moreover, cash register areas were covered with Plexiglas as part of the safety measures.
Along with all these extensive measures, ATU store at Bodrum Domestic Terminal was the first to open in Turkey, which was followed by ATU-operated Hermès, Bvlgari and Montblanc stores of world famous brands at Istanbul Airport. Among other stores operated by ATU at Istanbul Airport, Céline, Fendi, Furla, Longchamp, Loro Piana, Michael Kors, Paul & Shark, and Salvatore Ferragamo together with watch, jewellery and luxury accessories stores Luxury Timepieces and Luxury Square will open during the beginning of July. Furthermore, Old Bazaar, the local concept store at Istanbul Airport, and duty free stores at Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Milas Bodrum and Gazipaşa Alanya airports began their operations.
Among the stores abroad, stores at Riga Airport in Latvia re-initiated their operations during the beginning of June. The store at the Domestic Terminal at the Medinah Airport in Saudi Arabia has also been open for service since the beginning of June. ATU stores at Carthage Airport in Tunisia began their activities as of the end of June. Moreover, the stores at Skopje and Ohrid airports in Northern Macedonia are expected to open for service as from the beginning of July. Openings in other countries are expected to be announced in the following days in line with the latest news.
ATU Duty Free CEO Ersan Arcan stated, “We are excited to meet our passengers once again at our stores. We have experienced a very challenging period in the last few months which affected all stakeholders in the sector. Now, we are all set with the completion of preparation process for the new normal. We adapted our stores to the new health and safety conditions thanks to the dedicated works of all our personnel. All the measures taken are the results of the recent developments observed in the subject throughout our country and the world. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a leading and experienced organization in the duty free sector, we would like to be together with our passengers at our stores once again during healthy times”.