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AENA's Duty Free auction questions future of San Javier Airport

Sat 8th Dec 2012
AENA's Duty Free auction questions future of San Javier Airport

AENA is due to announce the successful candidates who have submitted tenders to operate the Duty Free outlets at 26 of their airports between 2013 - 2020.

Initially there were 8 companies shortlisted for the operation, but this was latterly reduced to 7.

The outlets are expected to generate a turnover of €700 million per year - one which AENA has described as being the "World's largest Duty Free Operation."

Up until now, most Duty Free airport shops were managed by Aldeasa, however 5 of the 26 airports on the list - La Coruña , Asturias , Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén, Murcia-San Javier and Santander - will be seeing Duty Free outlets being established for the first time.

The first "batch" of airports to be announced on Monday, comprises 11 airports: Madrid-Barajas, Malaga, Costa del Sol, La Coruna, Almeria, Asturias, Bilbao, Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen, Jerez, Santander, Santiago and Sevilla.

The 2nd batch includes 9 airports : Barcelona-El Prat, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Valencia, Gerona-Costa Brava, Murcia-San Javier, Alicante and Reus.

The 3rd batch includes the Canary Island airports: Tenerife North, Tenerife, Fuerteventura , Gran Canaria, La Palma and Lanzarote.

The companies interested in particpating in the auction can choose to bid for one or all airports independantly.

However, the one question that has not been addressed is this : "Why has Murcia's San Javier Aiport been included in the auction ?"

Even though the Regional Government of Murcia has repeatedly stated how Corvera Airport will open by the early summer of 2013 , this seemingly just adds further substance to news recently tweeted by AENA that they have no plans to close Murcia's San Javier Airport .

Comment on this Story

I am inclined to agree with you Lucinda. I wonder how long it will be before they come clean and admit it ?
Robster - Wed, 12th Dec 2012
Interesting that at the time when AENA tweeted (26/11) that San Javier would not close, they also tweeted that they will only be responsible for the operational management at Corvera. This suggests that the private company that owns Corvera will retain responsibility for the commercial side of the airport, and therefore are responsible filling the stores etc. I wonder if Corvera thought that far ahead ? I can see San Javier and Corvera operating in direct competition.
Lucinda Castiles - Wed, 12th Dec 2012
Given that AENA do not own and just manage Corvera Airport, it would be dangerous to "Assume" that they will even retain the rights to any such Duty Free operation at the airport. I would very much doubt it.
Tyler - Tue, 11th Dec 2012
Tyler, I would imagine that the Duty Free operation would just be moved from San Javier to Corvera as one airport opens and the next one opens. That would be the logical assumption.
C Parker - Tue, 11th Dec 2012
...and then on top of all this operation of "The biggest duty free enterprise in the world" is then awarded to the Italians ! (I wonder what their brief has been with regards to San Javier ?)
Tyler - Tue, 11th Dec 2012
Strangely, I would have expected nothing less than chaos and confusion anyway...
Robster - Sun, 9th Dec 2012

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