TAV Airports will be Operating Duty Free, Food & Beverage and other Commercial Areas in Latvia
TAV Airports who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with airBaltic in relation to the construction and operation of the new terminal building at Riga International Airport in Latvia, also won the tender for operating the Duty-Free, Food & Beverage and other commercial areas within the existing terminal. As per the tender specifications; the operation of the areas within the airport will be undertaken by TAV for the next 10 years.
TAV Airports who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Latvia's flag-carrier airlines airBaltic in relation to the construction and operation of the new terminal building at Riga International Airport in Latvia, also won the tender for operating the Duty-Free, Food & Beverage and other commercial areas within the existing terminal. TAV Airports who currently provides ground handling services through North Hub Services of which its subsidiary Havas is a 50% shareholder, will start operations in Duty-Free, Food & Beverage and other commercial areas with regard to the tender issues by SJSC Riga International Airport.
TAV Airports Holding CEO Mr. M. Sani Sener said “Riga International Airport has been achieving 30% growth yearly in the number of passengers for the last six years. TAV Airports will be a key player in this process with its exceptional service mentality and excellent operational success rate. We will not be a stranger at Riga where we are already familiar with as North Hub; our ground handling services company of which our subsidiary Havas is a shareholder. We will be working as 50% partners with airBaltic in the construction and operation of a new terminal at Riga International Airport"
Sener also stated: "We are proud to have a place in an airport in Europe where TAV Airports considers as a target area in line with its expansion strategy. Riga International Airport Operation is an important example of our service companies' growth as part of our expansion strategy besides the airport operation projects and especially of the acceptance of TAV's success in achieving commercial income at the international platform."
TAV Airports’ subsidiaries ATU, BTA and TAV Operations Services will be operating in the areas within Riga International Airport. The operation covers sections spread over a 4 thousand 650 square meter area such as Duty Free, Food & Beverage Points, foreign exchange offices, car rental offices, banks, chemists and CIP Lounges. The Operation will start gradually as from 1st January 2011 and TAV Airports will operate these areas for a period of 10 years.
Riga International Airport offers flights to 82 destinations covering Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Commonwealth of independent States and Middle East. Riga has increased the amount of its passengers from 1 million in 2004 to 4 million 100 thousand and become the transit center of North Europe. TAV Airports currently provide services in Latvia and Finland through North Hub Services of which their subsidiary Havas is a 50% shareholder. It is planned that North Hub Services will also start operating in Estonia at the end of October 2010.
TAV Airports is the leading airport operator in Turkey with its 48% share in the market according to statistics by General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI). In Turkey, the Company operates Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Domestic and International Terminals at Ankara Esenboga Airport, International Terminal at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport and Antalya Gazipasa Airport. Outside Turkey; Tbilisi and Batumi International Airports in Georgia, Monastir Habib Bourguiba and Enfidha-Hammamet International Airports in Tunisia, Skopje Alexander the Great and Ohrid St Paul the Apostle International Airports in Macedonia are also operated by TAV Airports. TAV Airports is also active in other areas of the airport operations such as duty-free, food & beverage services, ground services, IT, security and operation. The company together with its subsidiaries provides service to an average of 42 million passengers and 375 flights operated by approximately 300 airlines a year.