With the contract between Israel’s Airport Authority and James Richardson set to expire on October 1, 2014, a new tender is going to be announced for the duty free area in the airport, including stores selling hard drinks, cosmetics, perfumes, cigarettes, wines, tobacco products, chocolates, sweets, drug store products and more. The duty free tender refers to the area in Terminal 3.
James Richardson won the tender almost ten years ago, in 2004, when the new Terminal 3 began operating. According to officials, Ben-Gurion’s duty free ranks among the top five in the international duty free market for sales per square meter of duty free space; standing alongside duty free sales in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Korea.
According to a Yisrael Hayom report, sales in the Ben-Gurion Terminal 3 duty free in 2011-2012 for perfumes and cosmetics reached an impressive $1 (US one) million daily.
According to airport officials, 12.4 million passengers passed through the airport in 2012, including 6.2 million travelers leaving the country. During peak travel times, in the summer and the yomim tovim, 50,000-60,000 travelers pass through the airport daily as opposed to off season, when the number drops to 25,000 daily.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)