DUFRY plans duty-free expansion at Jamaica’s Montego Bay airport

DUFRY plans duty-free expansion at Jamaica’s Montego Bay airport

Dufry AG, the leading global travel retailer, has been awarded a new concession license at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

In addition to other developments to further expand and modernize the airport, the operator, MBJ Airports Limited (“MBJ”), is currently expanding and redeveloping the retail space. The new agreement allows Dufry to considerably expand its presence at the main airport in Jamaica, by increasing the retail space from 1,800 m2 to 2,260m2 in total, thus allowing it to offer an extended product assortment to the 4.6 million travellers who visit the airport each year.

The agreement consists of two elements, firstly, a new five-year duty-free contract effective as of August 2021 which features a newly designed walk-through shop, two last-minute duty-free shops in the departure areas and a duty-free arrival shop. The duty-free offering includes all the typical core categories such as perfume & cosmetics, spirits, food & confectionery and tobacco, complemented by watches & jewellery, accessories, electronics and luggage. The second part is the six-year duty-paid concession effective as of June 2021, which includes several of Dufry’s specialized shop concepts such as Tech-On-The-Go for electronics; Spirit of Jamaica for souvenirs and the typical Hudson convenience shop offering a vast assortment of travel essentials. These new shops are spread across the whole airport to best serve both domestic and international travellers.

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.”

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

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