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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.