DFA will operate the store under a 10-year concession with Infraero, the Brazilian government corporation responsible for managing Brazil’s major airports.
São Paulo-Congonhas is a commercial airport in São Paulo, Brazil, that serves more than 18 million passengers per year.
The store is one of 18 retail venues currently open or under construction by DFA throughout Brazil, including Manaus, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, and Maceió. When completed, these points of sale will comprise approximately 45,000 square feet of duty free stores, luxury brand travel retail boutiques, and a chain of coffee shops, which will be serviced by DFA’s 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art logistics facility located in Curitiba.
Jerome Falic, Chief Executive Officer of Duty Free Americas, commented: “The triumphant and resilient spirit of Brazil was just showcased to the world in the Olympics. DFA has been investing heavily in Brazil over the past few years – with stores in five different Brazilian states from Manaus in the north to Porto Alegre in the south, and employing hundreds of Brazilians – because we are confident in the country’s future potential growth.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with São Paulo-Congonhas Airport to build an outstanding shopping experience that will set a new standard for airport retail in Brazil, and we are honored to be able to serve the airport’s 18+ million annual passengers.”
Falic continued: “This concession is an extension of our ambition to further develop the DFA brand on an international level. We are now the second largest travel retailer in Brazil. Through our Brazilian stores, together with our stores in Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Central America, and the Caribbean, we have achieved a solid platform in the region which will enable us to continue to grow our business throughout Latin America and beyond.”