Lagardère secures duty-free concessions for Cairns Airport

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Left: Matthieu Mercier, CEO of Lagardère, Pacific

Concessionaire Lagardère Travel Retail has been awarded a 10-year contract to operate duty-free and specialty retail outlets at Cairns Airport in Queensland, Australia.

In accordance with the contract, Lagardère will open several new outlets in both arrivals and departures, beginning in March 2017. The company currently operates 16 stores at Cairns Airport, including across duty free, retail and food service offerings.

Matthieu Mercier, CEO of Lagardère for the Pacific region, said, “We are delighted to be awarded this concession – it’s a significant milestone for us. Cairns Airport has been a key partner of ours for 25 years starting with our Travel Essentials business, launching our Food Services business in 2012 and more recently bringing mono brand luxury stores as firsts to the Cairns market. Together, we are well versed in operating in this unique environment.”

Fiona Ward, general manager commercial, Cairns Airport, said, “The decision to award Lagardère Travel Retail this exciting new opportunity at Cairns Airport was made after a robust evaluation process. We look forward to furthering the already strong partnership between our businesses and working with Lagardère Travel Retail as they deliver a unique duty-free offer to our customers that brings together exceptional value and accessible indulgence.”

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