International Duty Free-60years
11Sep 2018

60 unforgettable years of International Duty Free

This year, we celebrate 60 years of International Duty Free: six weeks of celebration across all of our stores & departments. During six weeks, starting on September 10, we will go back in time to remember 6 decades of success!


Our celebration will be visible to all our clients, who can enjoy special promotions and competitions in honour of this ‘diamond anniversary’. We will have a giant cake displayed with different tiers, displaying our bestselling products throughout all those years; and each decade will be represented with matching products for one week in the Terminal A and B Walkthrough. If they spend €60 or more on these bestselling products, they will receive a delicious Neuhaus Gift Box for free! Entertainment is guaranteed with performances from Bob van der Leij in the Walkthrough stores on Wednesday, September 12th in Terminal A (12:00) and Terminal B (13:00).

Our passengers get special postcards in the shops, with pictures from our rich history. They will also be eligible to win 60 shopping vouchers worth €60 by entering the Anniversary Competition.

Our slogans

Our USPs and biggest assets will be put in the spotlight throughout all these celebrations, with slogans such as

  • « The biggest Belgian chocolate selection at the world’s best price »
  • « 60 years of bringing you the best brands at the best price»
  • « 60 years of bringing the Belgian touch to your airport shopping »
  • « The Biggest Perfumery in Belgium »
  • « Enjoy our lowest price guarantee » 
  • « Enjoy shopping now and collect when you return to Belgium »

Enjoy the festive atmosphere with us in all our offices, shops and boutiques from September 10 until October 31!

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

International Duty Free-winter collection
22Aug 2018

The new winter collections in International Duty Free will be in shops soon

While most people are still enjoying the fabulous summer sun, we at IDF can’t wait to tell you all about the 2018 winter collections! Are you planning a plane trip soon? Then pop into one of our IDF shops at the airport to discover the new winter collections.

Longchamp unveils the new Amazone with Kendall Jenner as brand ambassador 

Longchamp was founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain in Paris, and has since been synonymous of creativity, authentic luxury and freedom. So it’s easy to see why the world-famous model Kendall Jenner was the obvious choice for the partnership, which also marks the brand’s 70th anniversary. “Kendall is a free-spirited, independent woman. She travels, she goes fast, always with style, “says Longchamp’s Artistic Director Sophie Delafontaine. The campaign features Kendall showing off the season’s new handbag, the Amazone. She models the new bag like a dynamic, strong, 21st century amazon. Take a closer look at this must-have in our IDF boutiques!

Essentiel’s new winter collection: you know you want it 

Just two years after the Belgian brand was founded in 1999, it opened new points of sale around the world. There are now 55 Essentiel shops and the brand has a presence in over more than 900 multi-brand shops in over 35 countries. This winter Essentiel has an amazing collection in store for you, With plenty of asymmetrical outfits, casual streetwear, elegant looks and creative combinations. Fashionistas will love the surprising colours and textures!

Paul&Shark new collection: the sportwear meets the design 

Founded in 1975 by the Dini family, Paul&Shark is today synonymous of Italian elegance and style, and offers a comprehensive range of Men’s, Women’s, Children’s clothing and Accessories collections available in 73 different countries.

Paul&Shark presents the highly innovative FW18 collection where craftsmanship meets with high technology. In the new collection you can find the water repellent leather garments treated to maintain their softness. High-tech combined with functionality and comfort. Discover in our IDF boutiques!

Be seen with Kipling 

Kipling, which was founded in Antwerp 31 years ago, is now sold in 68 countries. Did you know that the brand’s name was inspired by Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book? Which also explains why you get a cute monkey with every Kipling item you purchase. Another fun fact: every monkey is named after a Kipling employee. Every two seconds a Kipling bag is sold somewhere around the world! You must see it to believe it. Something that Kipling finds very important. Which is why the brand has launched an eye-catching collection for the new school year called Be Seen! The best-selling SEOUL backpack is being relaunched as the brand-new SEOUL GO after a redesign. The backpack has reflective details so your child will always be seen.

Z Zegna makes a smooth impression with washable suits 

The Z Zegna collection continues to draw on a heritage of fine Italian craftsmanship. After a spring and summer version, the brand launches an innovative winter version of the Techmerino™ WASH&GO suit, which guarantees a superior fit in any situation. The suit is extremely light and soft, for maximum comfort and breathability. The suit can be washed at 30° in your machine and will come out just fine so you can look your best, day after day. The suits will be available from the IDF boutiques from September 1st 2018. What’s more, you receive a pair of Zegna Travel socks” in August 2018 in Luxury Hall Terminal A and B for every purchase of €350 or over.

IDF_promotions alcohol
15Aug 2018

Hydrate yourself during the heatwave with our refreshing promotions!

Lucky for us, the sun is still very much present and it seems like it’s here to stay a bit longer. We all know it’s important to drink enough water during a heatwave – but every once in a while, especially when enjoying the summertime on a terrace with friends and family, a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail can be a nice alternative!

Enjoy our summer promotions in August and refresh yourself with these delicious discounted drinks!

  • Rémy Martin Cellar 16 is a delicious cognac, ideal for summer evenings! Celebrating the aromatic diversity of our various aging cellars, Rémy Martin “Prime Cellar Selection” Cellar N°16 is a powerful cognac with intense vanilla notes. Drink it straight at room temperature, or even on ice, and enjoy the seductive vanilla and fruit flavors with a round, long, and pastry-like finish.

Right now, this Duty Free Exclusive in a 1L bottle is discounted -20%. The perfect moment to try it!

  • Corsendonk Agnus beer is a triple with a full golden color. It has a sweet and slightly spicy aroma with yeast and malt in the background. The taste is sweet and fruity in the beginning, but then the yeast and herbs give it a rich flavor with just a touch of coriander.

Ideally drunk cold for the ultimate refreshment, Corsendonk Agnus 0.75L is now discounted -10%. Cheers!

  • Tanqueray London Dry Gin is a perfect balance of four ingredients – juniper, coriander, angelica and licorice. The gin is distilled four times to ensure an exquisite flavor. Tanqueray N°TEN Gin embodies an extraordinary explosive full flavor of grapefruit, orange and lime, and Tanqueray Rangpur Gin adds rangpur (an exotic citrus from India with the spiciness of lime and the juiciness of mandarins), ginger and bay leaves to the original premium product to create an easily drinkable gin with a hint of citrus.

These three Tanqueray Gins are discounted -20% – get yours now for a refreshing gin & tonic or martini cocktail at your next summer barbeque!

RTL_news_International Duty Free
8Aug 2018

Take a look behind the scenes at International Duty Free

50.000 departing passengers at Brussels Airport

Summer months are the busiest period at Brussels Airport. Employees at the airport are working day and night to help in their travels. With more than 50.000 departing passengers, Monday July 30th was the busiest day of the year for Brussels Airport. RTL INFO, French tv channel, spoke with one of our colleagues, Thierry Impanis, warehouse worker at International Duty Free.

Brussels Airport, biggest selling point of chocolate in the world

Thierry Impanis: “Each day, 7 days a week, we are busy filling up the store shelves. From morning to evening”

Passengers can enjoy a relaxed shopping experience in the many shops at the airport while waiting for their flight. IDF, International Duty Free,  offers a wide selection of products ranging from perfumes and cosmetics to gastronomyfashionwines and spirits and even toys and sweets. Brussels Airport is the biggest selling point of chocolate in the world. Each year more than 800 ton of chocolate is sold at The Belgian Chocolate House , an initiative of International Duty Free, at the airport in Zaventem. That’s 1.4 kg of chocolate per minute, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

 Safety above all

Every day three trucks arrive at the airport filled with 20 carts full of products. These are 60 carts a day, filled with products that end up in the store shelves thanks to Thierry and his colleagues.

Working at the airport always involves a great responsibility. Nothing goes inside or outside without a thorough check. From the warehouse to the store shelves, the products are checked up to 4 times. Safety is therefore very important at the airport.

Watch the video here, from minute 2:55 you can hear the story of Thierry (only in French).

Image and video: RTL INFO

so waffelous-new brand
30Jul 2018

So Waffelous, real Belgian waffles

We are delighted to welcome a new brand in our IDF boutiques at Charleroi and Brussels airport. Launched in 2001 by two sisters, Belgian artisan waffle company So Waffelous offers a range of varied, authentic products. The different versions of the range are made following an ancestral recipe and are produced using noble ingredients. Moreover, the waffles are without preservative!

Travellers wanting to bring a slice of Belgium back in their suitcases will be delighted to take these waffles home with them.  Purists will adore the plain waffles whilst children and adults will love the chocolate-coated version of the Belgian specialty, which blends black chocolate with soft and sweet deliciousness. On a diet? Fear not! So Waffelous offers a range for the health-conscious: the brand’s plain waffles are also available in a “non-added sugar” version. Want some crunch? Waffle Crisps were made for you! The delightful plain waffles are crispy and crunchy for a moment of noisy albeit unadulterated joy! So Waffelous!

Wait not a moment longer and come and discover the delicious range in your favourite IDF boutique.

sweet-switch-new brand
25Jul 2018

Sweet-Switch: New brand in assortment

All pleasure, no sugar

Sweet-Switch stands for tasty and healthy. This new range of sweets and chocolates is delicious, made of the best quality ingredients, and actually contains no added sugars.

The range is designed for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle without giving up on their sweet tooth.

Stevia, a key ingredient

Enjoying sweet treats that contain no sugars is made possible by Stevia. Stevia is a 100% natural sweetener coming from an herb like plant. Its sweetening power is 300 times higher than sugar’s, but it contains zero calories and has a glycemic index of zero. Unlike some artificial sweeteners, Stevia causes no side effects.

A wide assortment

Sweet-Switch now offers a wide range of products: Belgian chocolate, of course, but also chocolate truffles, sweets and lollipops, biscuits, hazelnut spread and several fruit jams.

We picked a few favourites from the range:

Yummy Gummy Bears:

A sugar free, gelatine free and vegan friendly version of the all-time favourite gummy bear, in a resealable 150g pouch.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Delicious cookies with Belgian chocolate chips in 150g packs

Chocolate Almond Dragées:

A pouch of Southern European Almonds enrobed in Stevia sweetened smooth milk chocolate


Sweet-Switch is now available in select IDF shops : Charleroi main (Charleroi), TA Walkthrough, The Candy Shop and TB Welcome (Brussels Airport).

More product information is available on http://www.sweet-switch.com/

16Jul 2018

Raise your glass to the sun with Veuve Clicquot!

Summer’s here in time: to celebrate the invention of the world-famous rosé champagne, the iconic sparkling wine brand releases two limited editions: Colorama Rosé Brut and Yellow Label Brut.

Veuve Clicquot’s obsession with colours did not happen by chance: intent that her wines should please the eye as much as the palate, in 1818 Madame Clicquot develops an innovative tool, the ridding table, which allows producing a crystal clear champagne. She firmly believed that the colour of the wine is as important as the taste it leaves in the mouth. Paying tribute to this philosophy, the Maison’s greatest offering is clad in magnificent yellow sun hues.

Discover the Colorama Rosé Brut and the Yellow Label Brut at the booth set up in the Walkthrough of Terminals A and B. Celebrate Madame Clicquot’s anniversary and purchase a bottle packaged in fun and customizable boxes. The limited edition is available all month and will prove the ideal door opener for this summer’s parties! Exclusive for travellers: a winking eye shopping bag on the theme of travel.


10Jul 2018

Focus on sun protection

If you’re off somewhere, it’s more than time to replace any sun protection product lying in your bathroom cabinets. Throughout summer, enjoy a plethora of promotions on the world’s best cosmetic brands. Get an extra 50% off the cheapest item when you buy two products from the same brand.

In July, discover L’Oréal’s extensive range of sun products, which combine pleasure, beauty and optimal skin protection. Try Sublime Sun Cellular Protect for the ideal multi-protective sun care and a perfect sun spray that will protect and moisturise in one simple gesture. Sunburnt? Slather your face and body in after-sun cream to ensure a long-lasting tan.

In August, enjoy some fab promotions with Biotherm and Shiseido. As its name indicates, Biotherm’s Wet or Dry Skin SPF 30 can be applied on a wet or dry skin without whitening effect. The SPF Sun Spray’s extra fluid and non-greasy texture makes it a true summer essential. Once you come out of the sun, the softly scented milk will moisturise and appease the skin for a long-lasting tan and soft skin.

The top Japanese brand offers a wide range of sun protection products: the Expert Sun Ageing range proves more efficient on wet skin. You want to protect your face but hate that adolescent shine? Try the SPF36 compact foundation! And enjoy that velvety finish, knowing that your face is protected from the sun’s harsh rays.

Wait not a moment longer and hurry to Brussels Airport’s nearest IDF shop.

30Jun 2018

Big Summer Sale: up to 40% off!

From 30 june to 31 July, don’t you dare miss the opportunity to treat yourself to exceptional articles from great brands at tiny prices! Ready-to-wear for adults and children, luxury leather goods, accessories… the airport boutiques in Brussels Airport Zaventem and Brussels South Charleroi Airport  have got an outstanding collection of items at 2030 and 40% off.


Hugo Boss store:  40% off.

Fashion Studio: 40% off Emporio Armani, Armani Junior, Catimini, Guess, Hugo Boss, Liu Jo, Ralph Lauren Kids, Scotch and Soda, Superdry, Essentiel, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Kids, Twin Set, Furla, Tommy Kids, Havaianas, Fraas, 30% off Superdry, Calvin Klein, Stetson, The White Brand and 20% off Lacoste, Jott and Kipling.

Luxury Hall: 40% off Mikael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Façonnable, Ferragamo, Paul & Shark, 30% off Picard.

Tumi – Longchamp Store: 40% off.



Hugo Boss store: 40% off

Luxury Hall: 40% off Furla, Max Mara, Tumi, Longchamp, Kate Spade, Max Mara, Kate Spade, Emporio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Paul & Shark, Armani Kids,   30% off Stetson and 20% off Lacoste.

Welcome Store: 40% off Guess and Tommy Hilfiger and 20% off Kipling.


Walkthrough store: 40% off Guess, Liu Jo, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Twinset, Longchamp, Guess Jeans, Fred Perry, Armani Exchange, Havaianas, Fraas, 30% off Superdry, The White Brand, Calvin Klein, Stetson 20% off Jott, Eastpack and Kipling.


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