, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 – The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) and Dufry have signed a concession agreement for development and management of Duty Free retail services under a single master license at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The agreement which was offered after an open competitive international tender, will see Dufry operate an excess of 751 square meters retail space which will include Duty Free Shops, F&B (café, restaurant), communication & phone centre and foreign exchange service until 2024.
The commercial area is located at the departure of the newly opened Terminal 1A. The new retail space will allow Dufry to offer a comprehensive range of products, and offer its clients a unique shopping experience with additional international and local bestselling brands especially in the tobacco, spirits, fine food, perfume & cosmetics, fashion and assorted accessories.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is located in the capital of Kenya and is the largest airport in the East and Central African region and a major hub for Africa. In 2013, the airport welcomed a total of six million passengers.
Julian Diaz, CEO of Dufry Group, commented: “We are very pleased about this new agreement with Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). Dufry’s new business in Kenya will allow us to further develop the business in Africa.”
Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director Lucy Mbugua stated, “Kenya Airports Authority is happy to be associated with Dufry which is one of the biggest duty free retailers in the world. With this agreement our passengers will be able to enjoy a superior airport experience, comparable to the best internationally. This will further enhance Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s status of being the preferred airport system hub in the region.
KAA manages four International airports, four domestic airports and several airstrips.
All the airports handled a total of eight million passengers in the year 2012 with JKIA, the flagship currently handling six million passengers per annum.