Frédéric Chevalier: “It is a very important step in Lagardère Travel Retail’s journey towards new successes in Africa.”

GABON. Lagardère Travel Retail has won the exclusive rights to manage 600sq m of retail and dining space at Libreville Leon Mba International Airport under a long-term concession.

The contract was awarded by GSEZ Airport, a subsidiary of Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ), a public-private partnership between Olam International, the Gabonese Republic and Africa Finance Corporation.

Lagardère Travel Retail’s offer will include an Aelia Duty Free store from spring 2019 along with two Relay stores. The latter will feature press, magazines and books, food & beverage, high-tech accessories, hygiene products as well as gifts & souvenirs. Next summer, the company will open a restaurant offering international cuisine.

The retailer said its concepts would “significantly improve passenger experience and diversify the offer within the airport”.

GSEZ Airport has managed the airport facility since October, with new airport due to open in 2021. This will be built across 35,000sq m on three floors, with capacity of two million passengers a year in the first phase (and five million eventually). The space allocated to Lagardère Travel Retail in the new airport will be over 1,000sq m.

Airport Director Indranil Gupta said: “Our priority is to improve the quality of service and the shopping experience of our passengers. The new space developed by Lagardère Travel Retail will enable us to create a best-in-class commercial environment within the existing airport, before building an extended commercial area in the new airport.”

Libreville Airport: A new airport will open in 2021, enhancing the commercial opportunity.

Lagardère Travel Retail Chief Operating Officer EMEA Frédéric Chevalier said: “This contract follows our first experience on the African continent in December 2017 in Senegal. It is a very important step in Lagardère Travel Retail’s journey towards new successes in Africa. We have demonstrated our ability to bring the best international operational standards to Africa, while developing a very strong and successful local offer. We are very proud and excited about this new opportunity in Gabon.”

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