Auckland Airport ushers in a new era of duty free shopping

24 June 2015

New Zealand’s new duty free shopping experience starts from 29 June 2015, with the arrival of Auckland Airport’s two new international duty free retailers, Aer Rianta International and LS Travel Retail Pacific.

Aer Rianta International will trade as “The Loop Duty Free” and LS Travel Retail Pacific will trade as “Aelia Duty Free”. The retailers were selected in February 2015, following the completion of an international tender process, and will be Auckland Airport’s two main duty free operators. They replace the existing operators, DFS and JR Duty Free.

Richard Barker, Auckland Airport’s General Manager Retail and Commercial, says, “Auckland Airport is committed to providing passengers with a shopping experience that represents the very best of New Zealand and the world.”

“The Loop and Aelia will be introducing exciting new local and international brands to the airport. In time, these will be complemented by a wide range of new stores once Auckland Airport completes the expansion of its international departure area in late-2017.”

“We are committed to ensuring that a comprehensive range of duty free products are available for passengers to purchase at the terminal during the month it will take to transition to The Loop and Aelia,” says Mr Barker.

Matthieu Mercier, CEO, LS Travel Retail Pacific, says “Our Aelia Duty Free concept, tailored specifically for Auckland Airport will offer innovative ideas and see many ‘firsts’ for the airport. Our vision to intrigue, experience and indulge will form the backbone of our new store, with customers able to try before they buy - everything from chocolate and fragrance to liquor.”

Jack MacGowan, Aer Rianta International CEO, was equally thrilled about The Loop opening in Auckland, saying “We are very much looking forward to bringing our innovative retail offer to Auckland Airport, providing travellers with an award-winning shopping experience in store as well as online.”

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About Aelia

Operating in 29 countries throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific, LS Travel Retail, a division of Lagardère Services, is a world leader in travel retail. Lagardère Services operates more than 4,100 stores across the world, including a presence at over 150 airports and 700 stations.

About The Loop

The Loop is a fresh, modern and vibrant duty free brand. Aer Rianta International operates in 14 locations across 4 continents and has been recognised for marketing and digital innovations with four Frontier Awards in the past two years, following on from successes as Best Airport Retailer in 2010 and Speciality Concept in 2011.