TAV signature at Oman. ATU Duty Free operates the duty free stores at Salalah Airport in Oman
ATU Duty Free, a joint venture between TAV Airports and Unifree Duty Free / Gebr. Heinemann, is awarded the tender for the operation rights of duty free stores at New Airport in Salalah, the second largest city of Oman, for 10 years. ATU Duty Free will start the operation in January 2015.
ATU Duty Free General Manager Ersan Arcan stated "Salalah Airport will become an important port in the Middle East with its 6 million passenger capacity. The rapid increase in the number of passengers strengthened our belief in Oman. We applied for the management and operation of duty free, retail and food & beverage concessions at Salalah Airport. We will provide service in this airport together with TAV subsidiaries BTA and TAV Operation Services." Highlighting that ATU has the capability to do business worldwide, Arcan added: "We are trying to maintain the customer satisfaction at the highest level by offering top quality products of most famous brands at the most reasonable price to our customers. Thanks to our strong supply chain and highly professional logistics standards, we can provide brand diversity and product stability concurrently. As a result, we are considered as a business partner preferred worldwide. We are glad to be preferred also by OAMC, The Management Company of Oman Airports.”
As well as ATU Duty Free, global duty free operators such as Dufry and Nuance from Switzerland, DFS from Hong Kong and other renowned food & beverage companies also attended the tender for the operation and management of duty free, retail and food & beverage concessions at Salalah Airport in Oman, for 10 years. The tender was held through competitive bidding method and ATU Duty Free won the operation rights of 700 sqm duty free stores. Having the headquarters in Istanbul, the company has duty free stores at Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara and Gazipaşa airports in Turkey; Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi airports in Georgia; Enfidha and Monastir airports in Tunisia; Skopje and Ohrid airports in Macedonia; and Riga Airport in Latvia.
The new terminal at Salalah Airport is due for opening soon, with an initial capacity of one million passengers per year. It has, similarly, been designed to allow for subsequent phased expansion in line with demand, with an ultimate annual capacity of six million passengers. Hosting around 747,000 passengers in 2013, Salalah Airport’s expansion is part of a strategic aim to further develop Salalah as a tourist destination. Located 1,000 km south of Muscat and with a much cooler climate during the summer months, it is described as a place of ecstasy for tourists.