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Unifree Duty Free awarded tender at Istanbul's new hub

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Staff writer ▼ | January 23, 2015
The winner of the tender for the prestigious contract to manage duty free shops at Istanbul's new airport is Unifree Duty Free.
Istanbul airport
25 years   Located 35 kilometres from the centre
The firm will manage duty free shops for 25 years at the new €10.2 billion hub that will boast three runways and a super size terminal capable of handling 90 million passengers when it opens on October 29, 2017, and was awarded the contract by İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş.

Located 35 kilometres from the centre of Istanbul on a 7,650 hectare site close to the Black Sea, the gateway will replace Atatürk Airport and provide the capacity needed to support the continued rapid growth of air traffic and the hub operations of Turkish Airlines.

The duty free stores will serve on an area of 53,000 sq metres and has 30 years experience in Turkish travel retail and will utilize the 135 years international experience of its partner Gebr. Heinemann.

Unifree DutyFree is planning to invest €120 million and gather more than 400 domestic and foreign luxury brands under one roof with an architectural design that it said will preserve the "fabric of Istanbul".