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Changshui International Airport opens, Aer Rianta International opens first retail outlets in China

29-Jun-2012 10:25 AM

China's Changshui International Airport stated (28-Jun-2012) Aer Rianta International (ARI) has opened its first stores in China, with 11 retails units opening on 28-Jun-2012 at the newly-constructed airport. The airport, the fourth largest terminal building in China, opened to passenger traffic on 28-Jun-2012 following the transfer of operations from the city’s Wujiaba Airport over the past 24 hours. The ARI shops comprise 650sqm of retail space located in the post-passenger security area of the new terminal en route to the airline boarding gates. ARI secured the Kunming retail contract in 2011 following the signing the previous year of a Strategic Collaboration Agreement between Yunnan Airports Group, owners of Kunming Changshui International Airport and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). The new airport terminal at Kunming covers nearly 550,000sqm (more than five times larger than Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 and boarding gate pier) and is the fourth largest airport building in China. The airport, which serves as a strategic hub for airlines serving Southeast Asia from China, will process about 24 million passengers in 2012. This is expected to rise to 38 million passengers by 2020. The airport has a design capacity of close to 70 million passengers p/a, served by four runways. The airport was constructed with an investment of CNY23 billion (USD3.6 billion). [more - original PR]