Avolta is to consolidate its retail presence at Athens International Airport with a 10 year contract extension until the beginning of 2034.

The contract extension sees Avolta continue to operate 31 retail sites, over a combined floor space of more than 4,900 m2, in Greece's busiest airport. Avolta’s subsidiary Hellenic Duty Free Shops has operated duty-free retail shops at Athens International Airport since the airport first commenced operations in 2001. Avolta recently increased its retail footprint by approximately 290 m2, as part of a refurbishment of the Schengen area’s expansive walk-through duty-free shop.

Luis Marin, president and CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Avolta, said: "We are thankful to Athens International Airport and proudly announce the extension of our partnership – a collaboration that has been mutually successful for the past 23 years and is now set to continue to the beginning of 2034. I also extend my sincere thanks to the team at Avolta, whose collective efforts paved the way for a significant contract extension at one of the key airports in which we operate in Southern Europe, and which is so important to Mediterranean tourism.

“As we journey towards our Destination 2027 strategy, we continue to provide travellers with premium experiences and exceptional services, based on a deep understanding of our stakeholders’ needs and market trends. We are committed to reshaping the travel experience through innovative solutions and loyal partnerships, ultimately transforming airports into destinations that travellers are happy to spend time in."

George Eleftherakos, chief development officer, Athens International Airport, added: "We are excited to expand our long-lasting relationship with Avolta, acclaimed operators of the largest retail concession at the Athens International Airport. Working together for 10 more years with a global leader in travel experience like Avolta, is definitely a step towards accomplishing our common goal for providing the best that Greece has to offer and a truly unforgettable Athenian airport experience to millions of travellers passing through our airport.”

Athens International Airport saw traffic amounting to 28.17 million passengers last year, exceeding 2022 levels by 24 percent and higher than the respective 2019 levels by 10.2 percent.

IMAGE CREDIT: Athens International Airport