Vienna Airport extends Heinemann contract amid major expansion

AUSTRIA. Vienna Airport has struck fresh concession deals with a number of partners – including a five-year extension to its duty free contract with Gebr Heinemann – and will open a series of new retail and food & beverage outlets in the weeks and months ahead.

The airport company has agreed an extension to Gebr Heinemann’s existing contract, with a big investment in the duty free business.

Currently an expansion of the Travel Value/Duty Free shops operated by Gebr Heinemann in the F and G gate areas is in progress. By Summer 2013, a new walk-through shop will open in around 1,200sq m of space.

Other new developments are also imminent. In coming days a new Porsche Design shop as well as a Senses of Austria destination merchandise store (the latter’s fourth airport store) will open in Check-in zone 2. Together with its three recently opened shops, Senses of Austria will operate around 300sq m of retail space in the airport’s terminals.

Two new shops from fashion brands Desigual and Hugo Boss and a newly designed Frey Wille shop will open during May, also at Check-in 2. Additional openings are expected during the summer including a shop from Italian brand Aeronautica Militare, a new store concept by Swarovski and, from June, a new Billa supermarket at Check-in 1.

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In May the Take Off Pub will open in Check-in 1 and a delicatessen with Austrian and international specialities will open in Check-in 2. A branch of Burger King will open in Check-in 1 during July. Other facilities will also open soon, after ten F&B concessions were extended with Airest.

A number of new shops have already started operations: in recent days fashion brand Ferragamo opened its new shop at Vienna Airport. There is also a new 100sq m multibrand fashion shop at Check-in 2, featuring brands such as Canalli, Lagerfeld, Just Cavalli and Paul & Shark.

A new shop by Michal Negrin in the Airport Plaza and the new Café Culto at Check-in 3 started operations at the end of February.

Flughafen Wien AG Board Member Julian Jäger said: “A wide range of different shopping opportunities with strong brands and a diverse culinary offering are important factors for a positive travel experience at airports. Our activities in this area are based on international benchmarks. The expansion of our shopping and gastronomy offering and an increase in the attractiveness of the shopping areas in the terminals are key elements of our strategy to substantially improve the quality of services at Vienna Airport.”

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