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BWI to Issue Bid for New Duty-Free Concessionaire

Officials at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport could get a new operator to man its duty-free concessions.

Sometime this year, the airport will issue a bid for its duty-free shop, BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean says. The shop is located in Concourse E, the airport's international terminal.

Duty Free Americas Inc
. of Hollywood, Fla., has managed the shop since 2003. The company operates duty-free shops at 15 airports, including Dulles International Airport, Boston's International Airport, Miami International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The contract was given a one-year extension, starting April 1, at the March 9 Board of Public Works meeting.

A new contract for a duty-free shop would likely begin April 2012.

The duty-free operator will pay the Maryland Aviation Administration an office space rental of $125,725 per year, or 15 percent of gross revenues up to $750,000 and 20 percent of gross revenues that exceed $750,000 whichever is greater.

Nearly 22 million passengers flew through BWI last year, a 4.7 percent increase over 2009 and an all-time record for the airport.

Writer: Julekha Dash
Source: Jonathan Dean, BWI
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