April 26th, 2019

Lagardère Travel Retail makes its entry into Gabon


Libreville - Following an agreement signed in December, Lagardère Travel Retail opened its first Aelia Duty Free and RELAY shops at Libreville Leon Mba International Airport, marking the first phase of the partnership to operate over 600 sqm of retail and food.

The Aelia Duty Free store offers a broad range of local brands and products in addition to the wide range of international brands.

The Relay shop offers the full range of travel essentials – press, magazines and books, food & beverage, high-tech accessories, hygiene products, as well as gifts & souvenirs.

Libreville Airport will ultimately have all three business lines of Lagardère Travel Retail - duty free & fashion, travel essentials and foodservice - as a F&B outlet will open during the Summer of 2019.

"We are very pleased with these openings, that demonstrate our ability to bring the best international operational standards to Africa, while developing a very strong and successful local offer. This is yet another important milestone in Lagardère Travel Retail's journey towards new successes in Africa", commented Bruno Bouchacourt, Managing Director Africa, Lagardère Travel Retail.

Libreville Leon Mba International Airport is the only international airport in Gabon and a key location for air traffic in Western Africa and Europe. 14 scheduled airlines serve 23 destinations in 15 countries. The new Libreville international airport will open by 2021 and its total capacity will be 5 million passengers a year, turning Libreville into a true regional hub. The new airport will cover an area of ​​12 square kilometers with a built area of ​​35,000 sqm on three floors, and a capacity of 2 million passengers a year in the first phase of its implementation. The space allocated to Lagardère Travel Retail in the new airport will be over 1,000 sqm.