FIRST
PHASE OF BRAND NEW DUTY FREE RETAIL EXPERIENCE AT LARNACA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
IN CYPRUS OPENS

Designed by ODG, a brand-new retail experience has opened at Larnaca
International Airport in Cyprus, one of the fastest-growing airports in Europe,
according to Airport Councils International.

The opening of this first phase marks the beginning of the entire
airport retail refurbishment project undertaken by Cyprus Airports Duty Free,
an Aer Rianta International Company who are working closely with Hermes
Airports, to bring a ‘Best-in-Class’ shopping experience for its customers..

ODG’s overall task encompasses the design, engineering  and construction review of the new retail
spaces that will cover a total of 4,300 square metres across the entire
airport. The design philosophy is to create an inspiring  environment, where each retail category has
its own identity that will catch the attention of travellers, engage them and
help convert their attention into purchases. The design house, with proven
expertise in delivering world-class Duty-Free environments at major
international airports, will also review and coordinate the design of all the
brands that will be featured.

The completion of Phase One of the
project sees the opening of the walk-through duty free space, beginning with
the Perfumes and Cosmetics offering.  A
key objective was to create a true Cypriot ‘Sense of Place’ within all the
retail spaces. Drawing influence from natural and architectural influences, the
design was infused with the effects of local materials and colours. The main
walkway mirrors the pathways found in
Cypriot villages. The ceiling, inspired by the way light filters through the
branches of olive trees to create a dappled canopy effect which in turn helped
create a sense of volume in the low ceiling area that makes up the Perfumes and
Cosmetics category.

 “With a new world-class Duty-Free concept
we are leveraging the fast-paced growth of the airport. ODG has proven
experience in Duty-Free design and engineering, and we are delighted with the
results of this first phase. The team is continuing to work closely with us to
deliver an exceptional environment that will delight all,”
said Richard
Gray, CEO of ARIME on behalf of Cyprus Airports Duty Free.

Hugo Vanderschaegh Managing Partner ODG, added:

“THERE IS A STRONG DEMAND FROM MEDIUM SIZE AIRPORTS, TRAIN STATIONS AND TRAVEL HUBS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED A SHARP RISE IN TRAFFIC NUMBERS AND ARE NOW LOOKING TO UPGRADE THEIR COMMERCIAL PLANNING AND RETAIL EXPERIENCES. DELIVERING THE DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AT LARNACA AIRPORT IS A TRUE HONOUR FOR US AND WE ARE THANKFUL TO CYPRUS AIRPORTS DUTY FREE  FOR THIS  OPPORTUNITY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPENING OF THE FOLLOWING PHASES THAT PROMISES TO BE EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR.”

The walk-through Duty Free assures all
travellers will be guided through the categories while they traverse the
airport. Ensuring maximum exposure to the retail offering, the space is
designed and planned to comfort passengers about the direction as well as the
time to reach the boarding gates, two factors that could be the main purchasing
barriers in an airport.

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