CHINA. China Duty Free Group (CDFG) is set to be awarded the two ten-year duty free concessions at Beijing Daxing International Airport, the Chinese capital’s spectacular new airport which is due to open by the end of September.

CDFG was today named the top bidder (based on an overall assessment of the financial and technical offers) for the liquor, tobacco and food/confectionery contract and the beauty and fashion concession. Both winning bids must pass the public notice period (Monday 11 March) before being ratified. CDFG could not comment at this point.

Of the qualifying bidders, CDFG headed off Shenzhen Duty Free and Zhuhai Duty Free in that order for the liquor, tobacco and food/confectionery concession; while Zhuhai Duty Free (which bid particularly aggressively, see table below) was runner-up for the beauty and fashion contract followed by Shenzhen Duty Free.

Source: The Moodie Davitt Report; Duty Free Expert; Love Duty Free Love China (The Moodie Davitt Report/Duty Free Expert); Note: Figures in CNY; rankings based on overall 

The airport will serve international and domestic travellers. As a result, it will also feature a stellar line-up of luxury and fashion brands in the domestic zone.

The spectacular new airport is 50 kilometres south of Beijing and will rank as one of the world’s largest. It will handle 45 million passengers annually by 2021 and some 72 million by 2025. Currently it has four runways but when a further two are added its capacity will exceed 100 million passengers per year.

The new airport will facilitate the government’s ambitious development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Beijing Capital International Airport, where Sunrise Duty Free (51% controlled by CDFG) holds the duty free contract, handled a record-breaking 100 million-plus passengers last year.

The spectacular new airport will rank as one of the world’s largest. Eventually its capacity will exceed 100 million passengers per year. [Images: Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects]

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