Dufry has penned an agreement, to operate duty a free retail until 2020.
The Swiss firm currently operates 6 duty free shops, four in the departure area and two at arrivals, totaling approximately 4,000 square meters of retail space.
Rio Galeão has substantial improvement plans over the next years at the Brazilian gateway.
Until March 2016, Dufry continues to operate the existing retail space, subject to changes in terms of remodeling or refurbishment works in line with the airport improvement.
After March 2016, Dufry will operate a total duty free retail space of 8,000 square meters, of which half will be in arrivals and half in departure, and retail spaces will be located to capture the full passenger flows and will allow serving all international inbound and outbound passengers.
The new space will comprise the general travel retail shop format in arrivals and departures, which will be designed according to the walk-through concept, and offer categories such as perfumes & cosmetics, wine and spirits, confectionary, as well as fashion, accessories and watches.
Tom Jobim is the second largest airport in the country and the major getaway for Brazil and South America, and in 2013, the airport welcomed a total of 17 million passengers, of which four million were international passengers.
The gateway is operated by a consortium led by Changi, Odebrecht and Infraero since August 2014.
Tom Jobim is undergoing a substantial improvement program on the infrastructure side to attend the passengers flow for the Olympic Games in 2016. The development plans also includes improvements in the commercial area, with a wider variety of retail shops that will enhance the shopping experience for travellers.
Julian Diaz, CEO of Dufry Group, explains: “This contract allows us to further develop the business at Rio de Janeiro and is an important step in our plan to develop our travel retail business in Brazil.
“We are excited to work together with the airport’s team and we believe our knowledge of the travel retail market together with the airport infrastructure improvements will take the duty free shopping experience at Rio de Janeiro to another level.
"Last but not the least, the contract reinforces our market position in Brazil and consolidates the strength of our organization in the country and Latin America overall.”