BNE Awards Duty Free Concession

James Richardson Pty Ltd, trading as JR Duty Free, has been awarded a seven year Duty Free contract at Brisbane Airport’s (BNE) International Terminal.With a strong track record of delivering high quality Duty Free concessions at airports around the globe, JR Duty Free was selected after an elite range of international Duty Free operators participated in a very high standard Request for Proposal process.

BAC General Manager Airline and Commercial Businesses, Andrew Brodie, said, “It was a competitive process however JR Duty Free’s experience and understanding in making our vision a shared reality truly set them apart from the others.“We are pleased to welcome JR Duty Free on board as our partner in transforming BNE’s International Terminal and retail offerings into a memorable, world class and uniquely Brisbane, Queensland experience.“I’d also like to acknowledge the long standing partnership BNE has had with our incumbent operator Nuance which has grown and transformed with the business over the years.“Nuance has been very committed to our airport and I’d like to thank its management and in particular Neil Johnson and the local team for their years of dedication and hard work and I wish them all the very best with their future,” Mr Brodie said.James Richardson CEO, Milton Lasnitzki, said, “We’re looking forward to bringing our retail experience to Brisbane Airport and working with Andrew and his team to realise the airport’s vision of a ‘Fresh Welcome’ and delivering the quality and variety of goods international travellers to Brisbane expect”.Together with JR Duty Free, BAC will develop a walk-through departures store of approximately 1600sqm and a walk-through arrivals store of approximately 800sqm. The new walk-through areas will provide an exclusive opportunity to capitalise on the strong and sustained growth at Brisbane Airport.

Over the past 10 years, Brisbane Airport has recorded an average 6 per cent year-on-year growth with passenger numbers increasing from 12.3 million in 2002/03 to 21.6 million in the 2012/13 financial year.Internationally, passenger growth in the last six months of FY13 was 3.3 per cent, or an extra 70,000 passengers.Strong growth of 6.7per cent has also been experienced in the first two months of FY14.The passenger markets driving recent growth include Australian resident departures, and visitors from China, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and the USA.

Seat capacity on international routes was up by 3.2 per cent (over 100,000 additional seats) in the last six months of FY13, with several airlines growing to daily frequency (Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas on the Hong Kong route), Hawaiian Airlines bedding down its new Honolulu flights introduced in late November 2012, and Philippine Airlines launching new flights.A longer term forecast predicts annual passenger numbers to more than double to 49 million passengers by 2034, with BAC planning to invest more than $2.5 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years to meet expected future demand.