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Intense Competition for Retail Space at Baliís Airport

(3/3/2013) The Moodie Report, which tracks commercial offers in connection with airport operations, says nine companies are in intense competition for the commercial and duty free space at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

The new newly renovated airport is slated for completion in time for the APEC Summit in September 2013 following a US$280 million massive rebuilding program.

The modernized facility is seeking to become an airport of international standard by only allowing commercial space operators with proven expertise in the retail trade to take up outlets at the “new” airport. This decision has evoked protests from local traders who faced eviction from the airport, unable to meet the commercial pre-qualifications set forth in the bidding process.

Following protests by a group of current airport traders that included the brief blocking of an access road near the airport, an accord was recently reached that will provide commercial sales space for small and medium sized traders within the airport’s premises.

According to Moodie, the incumbent Inti Dufree Promosindo DFS is competing against Korean rivals Lotte Duty Free and HTSR Indonesia (Shilla Duty Free), as well as Flemingo, LS travel retail, Dufry, The Nuance Group, World Duty Free Group and Plaza Bali Heinemann – a partnership between local retailer Plaza Bali and Heinemann Asia Pacific.

Angkasa Pura I and GVK – the Indian Airport Group who will jointly manage the non-aeronautical aspects of the airport must now determine who will win the right to occupy commercial space comprised of:

Among the sales rights to be awarded are: Perfume & cosmetics, liquor & tobacco, confectionery & fine food

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