DFA Brasil opens innovative concept store at Salvador International Airport

DFA Brasil opens innovative concept store at Salvador International Airport

New Duty Paid DFA SHOP, with an area of 845sqm, introduces a new local Bahian sense of place into travel retail shopping.

Duty Free Americas (DFA) officially inaugurates the DFA Shop Salvador, continuing its commitment to innovate and provide a sense of place in the travel retail experience. The new DFA Shop in Salvador Bahia Airport (Vinci Airports) represents an important step in the company's development of Brazil’s market. The new store located in the domestic departures area, is a new concept with details in local materials and open architecture, bringing the local atmosphere and experience of Bahia into the store. In its partnership with Vinci Airports in Salvador, DFA also operates two stores in the Duty Free international area and will soon open 7 new restaurants through their joint venture in DFA SSP Restaurantes Brasil.

With 845sqm of space divided into 2 floors, the DFA Shop at Salvador Airport sets a new standard for customer’s comfort and product interactions that will raise passenger’s expectations in the Brazil Northeast region. The store will attend to passengers of all departures and connection flights and reflects the new commercial concept of the Airport, providing passengers with the best travel experience through local ambiance.

"With a modern layout and ample spaces, the store has a totally innovative concept bringing the entire Bahia sense of place inside the store. We are committed to offer a new shopping experience for the travelers and are working together with Vinci Airports to welcome and serve passengers with hospitality, comfort and the level of service they deserve, delivering a mix of high quality products." said Simon Falic, a partner at Duty Free Americas.

"We are very proud of creating another Duty Free Americas operation here at Salvador Bahia Airport, consolidating our long-term partnership. DFA is bringing in Salvador a shop that stands out by its uniqueness, that redefines airport shopping, and embodies the soul of Bahia in it. This walkthrough store offers an improved shopping experience and a great mix of products combining international brands and locally sourced products and flavors.", said Marc Gordien, Commercial Director of Salvador Bahia Airport. DFA also operates the international duty free shops at the airport.

Passengers will find in the DFA Shop Salvador an assortment of national and international brands of fragrances, cosmetics, liquor, electronics, fashion, confectionery and toys. The store will also have an area imitating a Bahia Street Market, taking the passenger directly to the popular streets of the region.

DFA Brazil opened operations 4 years ago and currently operates 15 stores in 7 airports. DFA Brazil also has two Joint Venture formats developing other travel retail businesses in Brazil. WHSmith, one of the largest convenience travel retailers, operating 11 stores in the country. With SSP, one of the world's largest F&B travel retail operators, there are 19 restaurants under development. With these three travel retail formats, DFA Brazil foresees a great expansion in the country in the upcoming years.

The Duty Free Americas group, is one of the leaders in Travel Retail in the Americas, owning 236 stores in major international airports and borders in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

About Salvador Bahia Airport

Located in the capital of the state of Bahia and the first ever capital of Brazil, Salvador Bahia Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the country. In 2018, the facility served more than 8 million passengers travelling towards about 30 destinations, domestic and international included.

Salvador Bahia Airport joined the VINCI Airports network on January 2 2018, through a Concession contract lasting up to 2047. Aiming to improve passengers experience and provide better services to airlines, VINCI Airports launched an ambitious investment plan to modernize and expand the airport. The first phase of works, which includes the construction of a new 20,000 sqm departure area and the refurbishment of the existing terminal, is expected to be completed in October 2019.


About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 46 airports located in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 240 million passengers in 2018.

Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.6 billion, for consolidated revenue of €1.6 billion. More comprehensive information is available on www.vinci-airports.com.