Duty free retail turnover at Abu Dhabi International Airport grew 19% during the first half of 2010 to $75 million, outperforming the airport’s passenger
growth of 11.7% over the same period. Furthermore, spend per passenger increased by 7.2% amounting to $14.47.
Huraiz Almur bin Huraiz, Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s chief commercial officer, says: “Retail spending at our airport is significantly stronger than passenger growth, a clear sign that we are succeeding in encouraging travelers to spend more.
“We believe two key trends are at play: firstly consumer confidence is returning, following the impact of the global economic recession, and secondly
ADAC’s investment programme in Terminal 1 and the upgraded retail offerings in Terminal 3 are delivering results.Our Shop-Dine-Unwind retail proposition is really reaching out to our customers.”
All categories have performed strongly, with Luxury, Perfume & Cosmetics, Liquor, Gold and Electronics seeing particularly strong returns.