It seems Dixon Travel will be vanishing soon enough from airport terminals as the group owners continues to adjust how it operates.
The owners – Dixons Carphone released the news in their trading update. They say:
- We do not expect passenger numbers to recover sufficiently to compensate for the removal of airside tax-free shopping by the UK Government from 1 January. This has led to the difficult decision to close this business, which historically made an annual profit contribution of over £20m.
How many stores?
The company has stores at the following airports – 24 in UK and Ireland, with another 11. UK and Ireland stores include:
- Belfast International
- Dublin (Terminal 1 and 2)
- East Midlands
- London City
- London Gatwick (North and South Terminals)
- London Heathrow (Terminal 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- London Luton
- London Stansted
- Manchester (Terminals 1, 2 and 3)
Out of all of these, only Dublin Terminal 1 is currently trading.
The move is expected to impact 400 jobs. Most of these stores have been closed since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020.
The moves follow the end of tax-free shopping for visitors to the United Kingdom.
For other airport shops which have thrived on tax-free shopping, it is the first of the big retailers to pull their services from an airport.
Will anyone step in their place? A good question, considering there will be no savings shopping air-side verses on the high street.
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