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About us


1958 and the Atomium… During the Brussels World Fair, Brussels becomes the centre of the world and Zaventem is subject to important traffic. Aldo Vastapane, founder of Belgian Sky Shops, opens the very first “tax-free” shop at Brussels Airport. The boutique only offers a few hundreds tax-free articles: perfumes, alcohol and tobacco.

2015 Belgian Sky Shops has become International Duty Free and operates thirty or so boutiques at the Brussels Airport since 2002. It is also Charleroi Airport’s only tax-free shop. Today, our shops offer a wide range of products: perfumes, cosmetics, fashion, accessories, sunglasses, alcohol, champagnes, wines, tobacco, chocolates, jewellery, watches, toys and gastronomy.

The most prestigious brands of each segment are present: Chanel, Dior, Lancôme, Guerlain, Yves Saint Laurent, Sisley perfumes and cosmetics. Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, Façonnable, Armani Jeans… for men and women fashion. Coach, Delvaux, Michael Kors, Tumi, Longchamp… for leather goods.

IWC, Breitling, Hermès, Chopard, Hulchi Belluni, Pandora, Swarovski… for watches and jewellery. Ray-Ban, Guess or still, Tom Ford for glasses. Without forgetting the great names of confectionery and gastronomy: Cheval Blanc, Veuve Clicquot, Fauchon and the best of Belgian chocolates, including Neuhaus, Godiva and Corné Port-Royal among many others.

To satisfy its many clients, International Duty Free – with its 480 collaborators, works endlessly on opening new shops, widening its product range and introducing new exclusive brands with impeccable service.

International Duty Free is a subsidiary of Lagardère Travel Retail, one of the four divisions of the Lagardère Group. Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry.

Impressive volumes

With 856 tonnes of chocolate per year – that’s 1,63 kilo/minute – International Duty Free is officially the world’s greatest chocolate seller. Other figures speak for themselves: 716 758 litre of alcohol and 625 000 bottles of perfume sold each year.

856 007 kg chocolates per year!

At attractive prices

International Duty Free offers high-quality products and great brands at truly attractive prices. Despite 1999’s abolition of tax-free shopping you still enjoy reductions of up to 20% on recommended local prices even when you travel inside the European Union.

A few key dates

1958 1958
1970s 1970s
1982 & 1983 1982 & 1983
1990 1990
1994 1994
1999 1999
2002 2002
2008 2008
2013 2013
2014 2014
2015 2015
2015 2015
2016 2016
2017 2017
2017 2017
2018 2018


The first “tax-free” shop opens.


Opening 2 new stores in new terminal

1982 & 1983

Opening 3 new stores: Rock Shop, Gourmet’s Corner Shop and Belgian Craft Shop


Opening first airport store with individually sold pralines


Belgian Sky Shops boasts 12 tax-free shops.


Belgian Sky Shops maintains a “tax-free” pricing policy for most products.


14 new shops open in Brussels Airport new Terminal. Opening of the only “Tax free” shop in Charleroi Airport.


Opening of 5 new shops in Brussels Airport Terminal A.


Opening of 2 Victoria’s Secret shops, exclusively at Belgium.


Opening of an exclusive stand alone temporary Jo Malone shop : The art of combining fragrances.

Jo Malone



The introduction of the new International Duty Free logo.


Opening of 8 new boutiques & a Walkthrough which is more than 1700m² big in the new Connector facilitating passenger traffic to their boarding gate.



Opening of 2 new shops: ‘The Candy Shop’ & ‘The Belgian Chocolate House’ in the departure hall.



Opening of the new store ‘Precious Time‘ at Terminal B.


Opening of the new store ‘Luxury Hall’ at Terminal B.


Remodelling of several shops: Gift Box, Fashion Studio, Epicure

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