Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport management reports that it is on target to open its new 660,000sq m terminal next year – complete with a new duty free offer comprising several stores.
This follows a strong year, with the airport expected to report that more than 55m passengers used Southern China’s leading airport in 2016.
According to senior management, the airport is now recognised as one of China’s fastest growing civil aviation hubs, with rising duty free and duty paid sales last year and a 24-month redesign and upgrade of its retail offers now close to completion.
“The total sales volume of taxable goods (excluding catering) in Baiyun Airport in the first eight months of 2016 is higher than that in 2015, which is mainly due to the increase in passenger traffic year-on-year,” said an airport spokesman.
China Duty Free Group (CDFG) operates all of the duty free shops and boutiques in Guangzhou Airport under a sole operator license through its local subsidiary company, Guangzhou Xinmian Duty Free Co Ltd.
Airport management also adds that the overall airport renovation has been planned and designed to expand passenger capacity prior to the opening of Terminal 2 next year. This is under construction with a projected handling capacity of an additional 45m passengers once complete.
As part of the extensive renovation programme, Terminal 1 now features four perfume and cosmetics stores, with CDFG’s the largest, covering more than 200sq m. This is now located on the third floor in the Terminal 1 airside international departure area on the east side. Cosmetics brands on display here include Estée Lauder, Lancôme, Dior and Chanel.
There are also three other duty paid perfume and cosmetics stores comprising areas of more than 100sq m each. Two are located in the domestic departure area on the west of the terminal, while the third is located in the terminal’s east side domestic departure area.