Dr Brendan O’Regan, who introduced the world’s first Duty Free Shop, at Ireland’s Shannon Airport in 1947, once said: “If you’re involved in developing an important idea, you have to let it possess you. If you keep knocking on the door, the door will open.” And he opened the doors to the world of happy duty-free shoppers. Over the last decade, the duty-free sales have seen exponential growth. According to reports, despite recession, shoppers around the world spent around $39 billion last year. Here are some airports that provide some of the best duty free shopping goods.
Add To Shopping Cart: Armani, Hugo Boss, Prada, Tiffany, Escada, Nike, Adidas, Mango, Next and many more.
The duty free section at the Abu Dhabi airport can be safely called a shoppers paradise. Offering major international brands in clothing, accessory, liquor and tobacco products, Abu Dhabi airport gives the shoppers a 24-hour shop till you drop experience.
Abu Dhabi International Airport recently saw a 7.5 percent increase in sales in comparison with the same period last year and was awarded the ‘Best Airport in Tax Free Shopping Globally’ from the Business Destinations Awards in the UK.
IGI Airport, Delhi
Add To Shopping Cart: Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, MCM, Samsonite Black and Swarovski
The duty free operator at T3 at IGI Airport in Delhi is India’s largest duty free operator and offers a world class shopping experience to the customers. The new terminal which just celebrated its first year anniversary, sports the best domestic and international brands in clothing, accesories, liquor, tobacco and luggage products. The brands are given 70 sq mtr of space to display their products.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Paris
Add To Shopping Cart: Swatch, Attitude, Hermès, Solaris, Hour Passion, Mont Blanc, Swarovski, L’Occitane, Armani, Hugo Boss, Lacoste as well as exclusive alcoholic beverages.
What more can you expect from the airport of one of the world’s popular shopping destination?
The Charles de Gaulle International Airport has a great collection of products across segments in all the terminal buildings of the airport. However, Terminal 2 is the most preferred space for duty free shopping. There are more than 20 duty-free shops at the terminal, selling a large range of duty-free goods, such as alcohol and tobacco products, perfumes, gifts, souvenirs and fashion apparel and accessories.
Heathrow, London (Terminal 3)
Add To Shopping Cart: Boots, Excess Baggage & Company, Glorious Britain, HMV, Hamleys, Harrods, Rolling Luggage, W H SMITH, Tie Rack, Hermes, Cartier, Dior, Gucci
The Terminal 3 at Heathrow offers a range of duty free products under one roof. From duty-free liquor and tobacco to perfumes, skincare and cosmetics, confectionery, sunglasses and watches, the best brands are available here. World of Whiskies available at Terminal 1, 4 and 5 offers around 350 varieties of malts, including a number of rare and exclusive bottles.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
Add To Shopping Cart: Shiseido, SKII, Anna Sui, Victor & Rolf, La Prairie, Acca Kappa, Agent Provocateur, Longchamp, Samsonite, Kipling, LeSportSac, Benetton, Bally, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cartier, Coach, Dior, Dunhill, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc and Swarovski
There is something for everyone at the Suvarnabhumi airport. Choose from the best in liquor, tobacco, perfume, cosmetics, fashion, watches, Thai handicrafts, accessories and costume jewellery, skincare and aromatherapy, electronic goods. They also promote original Thai art and handicraft through various schemes. One of such scheme is OTOP, which stands for One Tambon, One Product” and it encourages every village in Thailand to create and produce its own unique product that cannot be imitated by others.
Malpensa Airport, Milan
Add To Shopping Cart: Gucci, YSL, Hermes, Mont Blanc, Nike, Boggi, “I santi”, Burberry, Samsonite, Christian Dior, Calvin Klien, Ferrari, Boss, Ray-Ban
From cosmetics to confectionary, fragrances to fashion and accessories, spirits to souvenirs, skin care to sunglasses and food and fine wines, it is worth going to the airport early to check out the wide variety of duty-free shops available at the international airport. The non-EU residents can claim the value added tax on every purchase made from shops displaying the Tax Free Shopping sign. The airport offers the most prestigious brands of Italian fashion as well.
Fiumichino Airport, Rome (Terminal 3)
Add To Shopping Cart: Bulgari, Burberry, Emporio Armani, Etro, Ferrari, Gucci, Loro Piana, Hermes, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Trussardi 1911, Valentino, Zoccai
There are a number of high-end duty-free shops in the airport’s passenger station C. Duty free items bought at the airport beyond the security checkpoints (including spirits, perfume and other liquids and fluids) are sealed in a transparent bag by the shop staff along with the sales slip bearing the same date as the day of travel.
Changi Airport Singapore
Add To Shopping Cart: Top luxury brands in the fashion, jewellery and electronics segment
Once you arrive at this airport, you will not feel guilty to part with your Singapore dollars as it is money well spent. You get duty free perfumes, high-end fashion labels, jewellery, watches and electronic gadgets, such as cameras and MP3 players.