Lagardère Travel Retail Chairman and CEO Dag Rasmussen: “We are taking a step further by entering a new region that offers many opportunities for our group”

SENEGAL. Lagardère Travel Retail has been awarded a ten-year contract to manage duty free and convenience shops at the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD). The country’s new international airport is scheduled to open by 7 December.

AIBD is managed by the Operating Company, a consortium composed of Summa, Limak and the AIBD S.A. (a Senegalese government entity).

Lagardère Travel Retail will operate duty free shops covering 1,000sq m, offering perfumes and cosmetics, confectionery, tobacco, liquor, accessories and electronics. It will also run a 100sq m Relay store focusing on press, books, snacks and souvenirs.

In 2016, the existing international airport, Leopold Sedar Senghor, welcomed close to 2 million passengers.

The new airport serves the Sengalese capital of Dakar [Images courtesy of AIBD]

Operating Company’s Board members, Hakan Oztürk from Limak, and Haydar Ergun from Summa said: “With a worldwide company, highly experienced in duty free, and with ambitious objectives, we want to offer our passengers a wide and varied offer, we are very happy to welcome Lagardère in Dakar.”

Lagardère Travel Retail Chairman and CEO Dag Rasmussen commented: “We are very proud to have been awarded this new concession in Senegal, which is the 33rd country in which we will be present in travel retail.

“We are taking a step further by entering a new region that offers many opportunities for our group. Lagardère Travel Retail and the Operating Company will work in close collaboration to be ready for an opening before the 7th of December 2017. We will do our utmost to live up to the expectations and to provide a service and experience of the highest quality.”

The new airport will transform aviation services in Senegal