24-Oct-2012 11:46 AM

Spanish airport duty free tender attracts interest from seven companies

Spain's AENA stated (22-Oct-2012) seven companies submitted technical bids by the 22-Oct-2012 deadline for submissions for the duty free tenders at 26 airports. The tender covers more than 80 outlets which AENA has tendered in order to increase commercial revenue by 50% to EUR250 million p/a. The tender is divided into three divisions, including two for Spain and one for the Canary Islands, with a tender period of seven years. Seven companies participated in the tender including all of the major European travel retailers that responded to the Expressions of Interest stage. Duty Free Americas, which expressed initial interest, has not made a technical offer. The bidders are:

  • Sociedad de Inversión y Gestión de Mercancías y Artículos SA (SIGMA; a legal entity of specialist retailer SGEL, part of LS travel retail) – bidded for Lots 1, 2 and 3
  • Sociedad de Distribución Comercial Aeroportuaria de Canarias, S.L. (Canariensis; a JV based in the Canary Islands and led by World Duty Free Group) - Lot 3;
  • World Duty Free Group España SA – Lots 1 and 2;
  • Dufry Islas Canarias SL – Lot 3;
  • Dufry Hispanosuiza SL - Lots 1 and 2;
  • UTE Nuance- Áreas SA – Lots 1 and 2;
  • Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co KG – Lots 1, 2 and 3.

Lot one includes the following airports: A Coruna, Almeria, Asturias, Bilbao, FGL Granada-Jaen, Jerez, Madrid Barajas, Malaga-Costa del Sol, Santander, Santiago and Sevilla. Lot two includes: Alicante, Barcelona El Prat, Girono-Costa Brava, Ibiza, Menorca, Murcia-San Javier, Palma de Mallorca, Reus and Valencia. Lot 3 includes the Canary Islands airports: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife Norte and Tenerite Sur. During the coming weeks AENA will analyse and assess the bids and then request formal financial offers from the companies. After this, a negotiation period will ensue with short-listed groups. AENA expects to make an award by the end of 2012. AENA also noted that five airports that currently have no duty free stores will see this channel of trading added for the first time through this tender. They are A Coruña, Asturias, Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén, Murcia-San Javier and Santander. [more - original PR - Spanish]

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