Beaches, surfing hotspots and national parks – the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland is one of the most popular destinations for both locals and tourists, and the Gold Coast Airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country. Heinemann Australia Pty Ltd recently secured the contract for two shops in both, the departures and arrivals areas, with a contract lease term of 7 years.

The Gold Coast will be the second location “down under” for Heinemann Australia

Richard Goodman, Managing Director Heinemann Australia: “We are delighted to have a presence at this important airport, which is the gateway to Australia’s leading tourist destination. Sydney was a first – and very substantial step for Gebr. Heinemann to enter the Australian market. Our focus continues to grow profitability in this region and we see The Gold Coast Airport is an ideal location and perfect partnership for us.”

Under the brand, Heinemann Duty Free shops will offer all categories of its product range across approximately 430 square metres (in departures) and 300 square metres (in arrivals). The shops will focus on spirits, wine and sparkling wine, as well as perfumes and cosmetics. Both retail areas will be designed as walk-through shops. Over the course of the terminal expansion, they will also be significantly expanded and will receive a completely new design concept by 2020.

More than 6.5 million passengers use Gold Coast Airport each year, with passenger numbers expected to skyrocket to 16 million by 2037. Direct international connections include Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said she was excited to be partnering with Heinemann as the airport enters a new growth phase.

“As one of the fastest growing airports in Australia, we are constantly looking to enhance the travel experience and retail offering for our visitors,” said Ms Charlton.
“Gold Coast Airport will be unrecognisable in a few years, with a terminal redevelopment, on-site hotel and consolidated ground transport facility among some of the upgrades to cater for long-term passenger growth. Duty Free is an important part of our international passenger journey and having seen first-hand the transformation of the Sydney Airport duty free store, we are confident that together we will provide an exceptional retail experience”.