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DFS prepares to exit Changi Airport


DFS Group is exiting its liquor and tobacco contract at Changi Airport with a final promotion on

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From 16th May to 22th May, DFS Group will be releasing daily flash deals. The deals will include DFS’s prestige collection and will run on a first-come first-served basis until stocks last.

From now until the end of May, customers can also shop newly added beer brands on These include Carlsberg, Somersby, Suntory and Tiger, as well as a selection of craft beers.

To mark its final lap in Changi Airport, DFS Group will be releasing a video showcasing wonderful memories of the last 35 years. At the end of the month, the DFS Changi team will reveal another video to bid a final farewell to its customers.

As reported, long-term incumbent DFS decided not to contest the liquor and tobacco tender in 2019, due to grave concerns over the financial sustainability of the contract model. The concession was eventually awarded to Lotte Duty Free. The DFS concession expires on 8th June.

DFS Group Managing Director South Asia Aymeric Lacroix said, “As one of DFS Group’s most esteemed allies for the last 35 years, we thank Changi Airport Group for their ongoing support and partnership. We will continue to serve our customers with the same passion for excellence that has distinguished us at Changi Airport until our official exit in June 2020.”

As reported, DFS launched an online contest in collaboration with Singapore Memory Project, encouraging customers to contribute to the group’s online memory collection. The contest will run until 8 June, with winners to be announced via the DFS Changi Facebook page.

DFS Group originally won the Singapore Changi Airport concession in 1985 and has since opened numerous stores across the airport. It said that it has sold more than 200 million bottles, housed more than 700 brands, and operated for more than 300,000 hours across its tenure as liquor & tobacco partner.

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DFS Group will continue to serve customers in Changi Airport in its ‘Fashion Avenue’ store in Terminal 3 and in various boutiques across Terminals 1 to 4, as well as in the Harbourfront Cruise Centre, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and T Galleria by DFS.