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Turkey’s ATU to operate duty free stores in United States

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

ATU duty free

TAV Airports Holding's joint venture, ATU Duty Free, has been awarded the tender to operate the duty free shops in United States of America. ATU, which is the largest duty free operator of Turkey, operates duty free operations of Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Gazipaşa Alanya airports in Turkey, as well as Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi airports in Georgia, Skopje and Ohrid airports in Macedonia, Enfidha, Monastir, Carthage, Djerba, Sfax, Tozeur and Tabarka airports in Tunisia, Riga Airport in Latvia, Salalah Airport in Oman and Madinah Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The company has won the tender of duty free operations management at Houston George Bush Airport in Texas, USA, for 10 years. Houston City Council approved and authorized a retail concession agreement between the City of Houston and ATU Americas, LLC for specialty retail and duty free operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Highlighting the importance of being preferred for the duty free operations of an airport in the USA, TAV Airports President & CEO Sani Şener stated, "We won the tender for the duty free operations of Houston George Bush Airport for 10 years as a Turkish brand after the fierce competition in the US. The success we achieved is another indicator of our significant industrial growth. The terminals will soon be expanded at Houston George Bush Airport, which is the 11th largest airport in the USA in terms of passenger number. I would like to congratulate all of our employees who contributed to this success."

Launching flights to more than 170 destinations, Houston George Bush Airport is amongst the 5 airports of USA that can reach to the highest number of destinations. According to the figures of the US Aviation Authority, Houston George Bush Airport provided service to more than 41 million passengers in 2014 and became the country's 11th largest airport.

Founded in partnership with TAV Airports and Unifree, ATU Duty Free, the largest duty free operator of Turkey, offers passengers 50,000 products of leading world brands at advantageous prices.

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