Luxair says bye bye to “buy bye”
(CS/ndp) Luxembourg aviation group Luxair will no longer run the “buy bye” tax free shops at the airport in Findel, after a board decision to appoint French company Lagardère to take over the contract.
A call for tender for a new concept for the shops at the airport was issued in December last year. Since the 1970s, Luxair has been operating the tax free shopping facilities at the airport, which currently include four of the so-called “bye buy” stores.
In 2014, the shops generated turnover of 12 million euros, up from 11.4 million euros the previous year.
However, lux-Airport management have chosen French company Lagardère for the new contract, over the home offer.
“It's a disappointment for us,” said Luxair spokesperson Jean Lasar. “It's a historic activity for us,” he added, commenting that the financial loss would also be felt.
Labour union OGBL echoed the feeling, with Hubert Hollerich commenting: “We do not understand this decision,” saying that the shops allowed Luxair to be in contact with its passengers from start to finish on their journeys. “We would have preferred to reach a Luxembourgish solution,” the OGBL said, adding that if the current offer was not attractive enough, internal measures could have been taken first.
The union also issued a reminder that the call for tender stated that employers currently working at the shops would be able to keep their posts under the new operator.
Infrastructure Minister François Bausch and lux-Airport CEO Johan Vanneste both commented that further details would be released over the coming weeks.
Luxair is not the only company losing out on airport business in the future. According to the OGBL, the restaurants managed by Sodexo will in future operate under the Oberweis banner. This puts at risk 25 jobs of Sodexo employees. Unlike their Luxair shop colleagues, their jobs were not protected in the call for tender.