Seattle-Tacoma Airport has issued its long-awaited duty free RFP, with three stores available

US. The Port of Seattle has released a Request for Proposals for the duty free concession at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The tender covers three stores and the contract will run for seven years. The key location will be a new 3,600sq ft site in the South Satellite, which will be constructed by early 2013 as part of a terminal reconfiguration.

The due date for proposals is 2 August and the projected award date is 18 September, the Port of Seattle informed The Moodie Report.

In its RFP document, the Port said it was “seeking companies to provide duty free offerings that reflect the style and refinement expected by the international traveller and enhances the shopping experience for all passengers”.

Hudson Group, a division of Dufry, took over management of the duty free operations from previous incumbent HMSHost under a short-term agreement last August. It did so on an interim basis under the name Seattle Duty Free, having already managed the main news & gift and speciality retail business there.

In 2011, the airport handled 32.8 million passengers (29.8 million domestic, 3 million international).

Of the international passenger traffic, 25% is to or from Canada. Other North American destinations served directly include Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City. Sea-Tac also has international nonstop connections to five cities in Asia (Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, and Taipei), five cities in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Reykjavik) and Dubai.