DAA putting together an action plan for the Retail Area – BREEN

June 11th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has been informed by Declan Collier, CEO, Dublin Airport Authority that they are currently “putting together an action plan for the Retail area” which “will result in an overall refresh of this area by year end” and that they have “allocated capital in this years budget to deliver a revised retail offer in a more suitable footprint given the significant drop in traffic levels”.

Deputy Breen had written to the DAA requesting that their outline their plans for the upgrade of Duty Free facilities at Shannon Airport following the decision to defer the project last year.

“I was very anxious to see the Duty Free Shop at Shannon Airport get a major make over, after all we were promised that an upgrade was on the cards last year and while the project was deferred, we were under the impression that it was going to happen sooner rather than later and I am disappointed that nothing to appears to be happening on this.”

“In my view there are many opportunities to develop and expand the Duty Free at Shannon and only recently a new outlet has re-opened following initial teething problems in the US Pre Clearance Facility which will make it easier for passengers to get their Duty Free purchases before boarding transatlantic flights.”

“Shannon Airport has a proud history in the development of Duty Free and the world first duty free was established there in 1947 and in 1988 Aer Rianta International was established in Shannon providing worldwide expertise in the management of retailing.”

“Duty free sales have always been an important revenue source for the Airport and while the Airport has experienced a significant drop in passenger traffic, recent announcements have given renewed confidence to all those working at the Airport, that the Airport can turn the corner.”