Dufry wins 12-year concession at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Swiss travel retailer Dufry has won a new concession contract at Istanbul Gökçen International Airport to operate 3,900m2 (41,979.25ft2) of duty-free and specialty shops until 2032.

The new concession includes 2,800m2 (30,138.95ft2) of duty-free retail space in the departure area, in addition to 1,100m2 (11,840.3ft2) of shops at arrivals.

As of November, Dufry will take over the eight existing shops and upgrade the retail space in Terminal 1. The assortment will include core travel-retail categories like liquor, tobacco, perfume and cosmetics, as well as accessories and confectionery.

The airport’s second runway is set to open in 2021, while Terminal 2 is expected to be completed by 2024. Once fully operational, the airport’s capacity will increase 58% from today’s 41 million passengers to 65 million.

Dufry has been operating in Turkey since 1993 and currently manages duty-free and specialty shops at Antalya Airport, Kayseri airport and Zafer airport at Kütahya.

Istanbul Gökçen International Airport has 137 international and 37 domestic destinations and ranks as Turkey’s second-busiest airport, with more than 35 million passengers a year.

Dufry Group general manager Turkey Cengiz Iman said the Dufry shops will feature a new design, incorporating the latest digital technology and an assortment on international and domestic brands.