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JR/Duty Free signs up for more at Christchurch Airport

JR has also signed a seven-year lease agreement with CIAL for a 500m2 warehouse.

Chris Hutching
Fri, 11 Sep 2015

Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) and international duty free operator JR/Duty Free (JR) have extended their dutyfree partnership at Christchurch Airport to the middle of 2023. 

JR has also signed a seven-year lease agreement with CIAL for a 500m2 warehouse, which will become its distribution centre for its New Zealand operations.

The firm began operations at the airport in July 2010, after winning a competitive tender process.

Christchurch Airport chief commercial officer Property, Blair Forgie says the extension of the contract reflects JR/Duty Free’s strong connection to Christchurch both before and since the earthquakes. 

JR chief executive CEO Milton Lasnitzki says the two companies have done good work together in the past five years. “I recall in particular how our two management teams rallied together very effectively during the extremely trying times following the Christchurch earthquakes in late 2010 and 2011.

“Passenger growth has been 7% in the past financial year and we are excited by Christchurch Airport’s plans to continue to build passenger numbers. 

We also look forward to significantly lifting passenger spend rates through consistently offering new and exciting concepts,” he said.

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Chris Hutching
Fri, 11 Sep 2015
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