Julián Díaz, Dufry’s CEO and Stefan Laban, senior vice president of Gap International, will attend the opening along with the Spanish minister for public works, Ana Pastor, who will tour around the airport commercial area, accompanied by José Manuel Vargas, chairman of AENA, the Spanish airport operator.
This new retail space is the worldwide largest Gap brand store located in an airport, at almost 300sqm and offers classic, iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids and babyGap collections.
Dufry has plans to open another four Gap stores in 2015, at Spain’s Ibiza, Gran Canaria, Tenerife Norte and Tenerife Sur airports.
During 2014, Málaga Airport handled nearly 14 million passengers, coming mostly from Spain and other European countries such as the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, and is currently the fourth busiest airport in Spain in terms of passenger volume.
In the last few years, AENA, has implemented a significant renovation plan at commercial and restaurants areas of most airports in the country, and Malaga – Airport included, making them more attractive and convenient to travellers from all over the world.
Julián Díaz, Dufry’s CEO, explains: “Dufry is very proud that GAP has entrusted us with opening its first store in Spain, the worldwide largest in an airport. It is a pleasure for us to work with one of the world’s major fashion brands.”
Stefan Laban, senior vice president of Gap International, adds: “We are thrilled to bring Gap’s casual American style to more customers in Europe. Given the high affinity and brand awareness towards Gap with the Spanish consumers, we felt partnering with Dufry to create branded shopping experiences in the Malaga airport, as well as airports across Spain, is a terrific next step in our global expansion plans.”