GREENLAND. Leading travel retailer Gebr. Heinemann will supply duty free goods for stores in two Greenland airports at Nuuk and Ilulissat from next year after reaching an agreement with operator Kalaallit Airports Group. The initial contract is for five years.
As part of the largest infrastructure project in Greenland’s history these two regional airports – currently only accessible by small propeller planes – will be expanded into international airports.
The aim is to build Greenland as a more accessible destination for tourists and business travellers, with the expansion enabling direct flights from Europe, the USA and Canada at these two airports.
The runways will be extended to 2,200 metres to accommodate Boeing 737s and 757s as well as the Airbus A320.
Nuuk and Ilulissat will join two other airports in Greenland – Kangerlussuaq and Narsarsuaq – in having the capability to handle large airliners.
From 2024, Gebr. Heinemann will supply perfumes & cosmetics, liquor & tobacco and confectionery, as well as fashion, accessories, watches and jewellery to Nuuk and Ilulissat stores.
Heinemann Duty Free Director Sales Nordics Jens Wolf said: “This is the first time that our Nordics business has gone beyond Europe. The location is very special, in an absolute positive way, and shows what Gebr. Heinemann can achieve in a close cooperation with our partners of Kalaallit Airports Holding.”
Responding to a Gebr. Heinemann post about the new venture on LinkedIn, Kalaallit Airports Holdings CEO Jens Lauridsen said: “We look forward to working together with Heinemann, we are sure that we will get a very good and professional partner.”