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ETRC White Paper ''COVID 19 Aviation Recovery - Introducing Arrivals Duty & Tax Free in the European Union'', April 2021

The European aviation ecosystem will require significant support for the sector to recover and relaunch in a post-COVID-19 world. ETRC believes that allowing duty and tax free on arrival is a simple but effective way of creating a new and sustainable revenue stream for airports which is cost-neutral to governments

This paper explores the role Arrivals Duty and Tax Free can play in providing new sources of employment and commercial revenue to the European airports industry, as recommended by the Aviation Round Table Report on the Recovery of European Aviation, a cross industry strategic blueprint for the sustainable recovery of European aviation.


ETRC Report ''The Economic Impact of Arrivals Duty and Tax Free Shopping in the EU'' York Aviation, first published October 2020, updated February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the greatest crisis the EU aviation industry has ever experienced. Introducing duty and tax free shopping on arrival is a cost-free way for EU governments to support the aviation ecosystem and to maintain airport jobs. This is a unique opportunity to level the playing field with non-EU airports and contribute to the environmental objectives of the EU Green Deal.

The report, commissioned by ETRC from York Aviation, outlines the potential economic benefits achievable through the introduction of arrivals duty and tax free shopping at EU airports. 


DFWC Study "Economic Impact of Duty Free and Travel Retail in Europe", March 2016

The report, which demonstrates the significant contribution that duty free and travel retail make to the European transport economy, was commissioned by the Duty Free World Council (DFWC) with the support of ETRC, and written by Dr Harry Bush CB, former Group Director Economic Regulation at the UK Civil Aviation Authority and previously Director, HM Treasury; and Daniel Storey, former senior regulator at the CAA and senior policy maker at HM Treasury.

Duty free and travel retail has become a key component of aviation and maritime financing as well as an integral part of the travel experience for European passengers. This discretionary activity, driven by customer choice and enabled by commercial innovation, generated revenues in Europe
of €15.4 billion in 2014, of which over €10 billion was generated at airports (67%) and €1.6 billion in the maritime sector (11%).

It is therefore essential for European policy-makers to recognise that the continued vitality of this sector is not just merely beneficial for passengers’ travel experience or airports’ funding in isolation, but also underpins the provision of crucial transport infrastructure across Europe.


ETRC Study "The economics and regulation of on-board carriage of European airport retail sales", September 2013

Commissioned by ETRC, with the support of ACI Europe, “The economics and regulation of on-board carriage of European airport retail sales” presents a policy focused report, which offers a comprehensive pan-European study on airline hand luggage policy and airport revenue.

This independent study, by Dr Harry Bush former Director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, and now Director of London-based Highpoint Economics, and Mr Daniel Storey, considers the impact that restrictions imposed by some airlines on passengers carrying airport shopping on-board are having on passengers’ experience at airports.