Travel retail specialist Dufry has signed a master concessionaire agreement to operate duty free spaces at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), which opened as Sri Lanka’s second international gateway in March.
With ten parking bays and an initial annual capacity of 1mppa, the airport expects to reach its first phase capacity by 2015. The year after, the second phase expansion plans are expected to be completed, taking total capacity to 5mppa and 20 parking bays.
The contract involves operating all airside retail space and will be carried out by a joint venture between Dufry and Sri Lankan company Perpetual Capital Holdings. Dufry plans to offer liquor, tobacco, perfumes, cosmetics, confectionery, electronics, local souvenirs, convenience and other items to travellers. As passenger numbers reach first phase capacity, the company envisages around 10,764sq ft (1,000m2) of retail space, evenly distributed between the departure and arrival areas. Additional enhancements are planned for the airport’s second phase.
With the addition of Sri Lanka and the recently-secured Bali and Kazakhstan concessions, Dufry now operates in eight countries in the Far East, Middle East and Central Asia, bringing the total number of countries in its portfolio to 47.