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1Sep 2018

International Duty Free: A STORY OF 60 YEARS

In 1958, Belgian businessman Aldo Vastapane, created the first duty free shop at Brussels Airport; a retail proposal that, at the time, only existed at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

This proved to be a successful concept, as IDF kept growing over the years. It later extended its activities to Charleroi Airport, which has witnessed an impressive growth in passenger traffic over the last decade.

Today, IDF is a major player in the travel retail industry with an established presence in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

International Duty Free-timeline


The success of IDF was built on its strong, innovative, award-winning store concepts.


Passengers have been enjoying our stores for over 60 years and for good reason: they offer the perfect product mix within carefully selected product categories.

Thanks to our strong relationship with all international players, we have access to the newest product assortments and to numerous airport exclusivities.

Of course, we always make sure that our offers target our customers’ specific and seasonal needs.

International Duty Free-walkthrough


In addition to our walkthroughs, we also operate various multi-categories and standalone specialist stores offering the best of Beauty, Alcohol, Fine Food and Souvenirs categories.

All these store concepts are customer centric, aiming to offer an unforgettable shopping experience to every passenger. As to match the current market trends, we constantly evolve and adapt our brand portfolio.

International Duty Free-epicure


Hermès, Breitling, Longines, Omega, Tag Heuer, Chopard, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Montblanc… are just some of the brands that have dedicated loyalty towards IDF. We maintain strong relationships with AAA luxury brands due to our high sales performance and our ability to convey each brand’s image with utmost respect to established guidelines.

International Duty Free- luxury hall


Belgium is famous worldwide for its luxury chocolate and “pralines”. We were able to turn this local specialty into a real success story : with 860 tons of chocolate sold each year, IDF is the biggest chocolate retailer worldwide. A sales performance never reached so far by any international airport retailer. With consumers now considering chocolate as a “daily luxury”, the market segment is also growing very rapidly.

The Belgian Chocolate House is our unique store concept. It showcases the top 4 Belgian chocolate brands : Neuhaus, Pierre Marcolini, Godiva and Corné-Port Royal.

Our TBCH concept has been widely recognized and awarded by industry experts; winning both the DFNI Best New Store Award in 2015 followed by the Mercury Award in 2017.

International Duty Free-The Belgian Chocolate House

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