Duty-free shops at Canary Island airports reopen

2020/07/02 16:52:11 Written by Canarian Weekly National

World Duty Free have celebrated the reopening of their Duty-Free stores in fifteen airports, in an event that was attended by of the President of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres and the CEO of Dufry, Julián Díaz, who also confirmed the reopening of stores located at the airports of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife North and Tenerife South.

The event took place in the Canariensis store at the Las Palmas airport and with it, both Dufry and it’s Canariensis subsidiary, operator of Duty-free stores at Canary airports, celebrated the return to business of their stores.

During the event, Torres stressed that the reopening was a sign that the Canary Islands was "regaining confidence and adapting to the new normal."

“It is very necessary to also have normality at our entrance and exit for tourists. The Canary Islands is a unique destination, due to its natural charms and the quality of its services, but it is also a unique destination because it offers a lot of security to those who visit us," said the Canarian president, who called empty airports "a bleak image."

Luis Suárez, CEO of Canariensis pointed out: “With this reopening, and that of the other stores, we have reopened 30% of the total stores that Canariensis operates in the Canary Islands. However, reopening the rest will be gradual and we hope to all of them operational by the end of August, provided that it accompanies the revival of tourism to the islands.”

Coinciding with the reactivation of air traffic at the country's main airports, the company continues to work on recovering their activity, and as of today it already has activity at fifteen Spanish airports. Last week they opened shops at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (Terminal 4), Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat (Terminal 1) and Palma de Mallorca airports , and twelve more have now joined: the five Canarian airports mentioned above, and shops at the airports of Malaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche, Ibiza, Menorca, Santiago, Bilbao and Valencia, as well as a store in Terminal 1 of Madrid-Barajas.