March 26 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

SSP and Qatar Duty Free plan 11 outlets at Doha

By Rick Lundstrom

Artist conception of Hamad International Airport, set to open this year 

The project will be SSP’s first business venture in Qatar. Over seven years, SSP projects the outlets will generate US$190 million in revenue.

The outlets will open towards the end of this year. Internationally known brands and a selection of SSP’s own concepts are planned.

“SSP has shared our vision for the airport and has really delivered an outstanding mix of brands that will fit with our passenger mix,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker. “The outlets will cater to a diverse customer base, young and old, visiting or flying through this great new iconic airport which is set to become fully operational by the end of the year when Qatar Airways moves its entire operations to the new facility.”

“Hamad International Airport will serve one of the world’s fastest developing economies, offering considerable potential for building our business in the Middle East. Passenger traffic at Doha has been expanding at an impressive rate in recent years, and this new facility will allow this growth to continue in the future,” Andrew Lynch, CEO of SSP explained. “The new venture will continue to strengthen SSP’s presence in the Middle East and Asia. When Hamad International Airport welcomes its first passengers, it will be one of the most high profile openings of the decade, and we’re delighted to be taking this exciting step into the Qatari market.”


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