Sky Harbor named Best Airport for Shopping

America’s Friendliest Airport has been named the Best Airport for Shopping in USA Today’s 10Best Travel Contest. Earlier this year, Airport Experience News nominated 15 airports with stand-out retail programs that provided travelers with a variety of shopping items both before and after security. From late December through late January, interested individuals cast their votes on-line for their favorite airport for shopping.

Phoenix Sky Harbor came in first among airports across the U.S. Phoenix Sky Harbor has a strong retail program with a variety of nationally-recognized brands as well as local products. In fact, in 2018, the Airport brought 35 new retail locations to its busiest terminal, Terminal 4, as well as two new post-security spa locations, and US Careways Urgent Care, an airport medical clinic with a doctor on staff and a drug store. 

When visiting Sky Harbor, travelers will recognize national brands like Tumi and Lucky Break, and are delighted to find offerings at local retailers such as Roosevelt Row and Bunky Boutique. And, in conjunction with the opening of a new South Concourse and post-security lobby area at the modernized Terminal 3, travelers will find many options including: Johnston and Murphy, which sells men’s and women’s apparel; Sugarfina, which offers a variety of artisan candies; and local operator Travel Outfitters, which features functional and stylish luggage and travel accessories. 

Additionally, Phoenix Sky Harbor’s concessions program took home honors in three other categories. Bunky Boutique, which sells attire, eclectic jewelry, knickknacks and home décor items, received second place honors for Best Airport Shop for Local Merchandise. This shop combines local brands and creativity to create a perfect blend of hip, innovative, and unique fashion that is perfect for both locals and travelers alike. Bunky Boutique is located pre-security in Terminal 4. 

Another Terminal 4 store,, located near Gates B1-B14, came in fifth for Best Airport/Newsstand/Travel Essential. offers periodicals, books, and last minute travel needs as well as local products, attire, candles and craft beer and wine. 

And, America’s Friendliest Airport®, which is also known for its award-winning dining options, adds another honor to its repertoire with Terminal 2’s OHSO Brewery & Distillery coming in third in the Best Airport Bar category. Customers visiting nano-brewery OHSO have an opportunity to try award-winning local beers like the Popcycle Blond Ale, which features hints of lemons and raspberries, and is light and refreshing. Travelers will also enjoy a variety of menu items like sandwiches and salad.

Source: AZ Big Media

Auckland airport: Luxury brands debut at Auckland Airport

A string of luxury retailers have made a New Zealand debut opening up shops in Auckland Airport’s recently refurbished international departures terminal.

Luxury handbag brands Kate Spade and Michael Kors, along with Italian retailers Furla and Maxmara, have each opened their first New Zealand store in the terminal.

The Airport’s luxury shopping precinct began opening in July last year, first with Michael Kors and jewellery retailer Partridge’s Rolex store. Since then other brands such as Coach, Lacoste, Fossil, Montblanc and Boss by Hugo Boss have opened permanent stores.

Richard Barker, general manager of retail at Auckland Airport, said luxury was a segment the Airport was previously missing, and work to secure the new market entrants began over two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT

Auckland Airport carried out consumer research to identify what brands were most in demand and were missing from New Zealand’s shopping arena.

The revamped international departures terminal at Auckland Airport is now home to a handful of luxury retailers, including Kate Spade. Photo / Supplied
The revamped international departures terminal at Auckland Airport is now home to a handful of luxury retailers, including Kate Spade. Photo / Supplied

«When we first did this research the likes of H&M and Zara weren’t even in the country and those [brands] came up but their formats are too big for airports so we spoke to lots of brands and came up with the proposition of ‘best of New Zealand and the world’,» Barker said.

«We deliberately aimed for what is described … as ‘affordable luxury’ that had appeal for [Kiwis] and international visitors.»

Other luxury retailers such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton were considered but deemed too out of reach for most so the Airport selected «tier 2» alternatives, Barker said.

The revamped terminal is also home to All Blacks, Icebreaker and Whittaker’s stores to service international visitors, he said.

The Airport’s departures terminal has been going through expansion and refurbishment for close to three years. Part of the revamp was to introduce a new food and beverage offering, Barker said, including new eateries Better Burger, Mexico and Al Brown’s Best Ugly Bagels.


New shopping ambassadors at Hong Kong International Airport

Shopping for travelers will be even easier at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with the introduction of Airport Shopping Ambassadors. The Airport Shopping Ambassadors are stationed at key locations within the airport’s retail areas. They are well acknowledged on shopping and dining offerings at HKIA, providing a friendly and personalized service to travelers. The ambassadors can provide helpful advice or last-minute shopping recommendations, as well as hot-picks, latest promotions and dining options from a wide range of global and local cuisine.

Travelers can also receive personalised shopping and dining itineraries online, simply by filling in the Airport Shopping Ambassadors enquiry page on HKIA’s website After completing the online request section, together with flight schedule and other information, travelers will be able to receive the ambassadors’ recommendations within 48 hours.

Source: Retail News Asia

These local retailers could be headed to Nashville airport

Some of the city’s most popular retail shops — from Two Old Hippies to Project 615 — have signed letters of intent to open outposts at the airport under a major overhaul of its concessions operation, according to the Airport Authority.

Airport executives hope the new retail lineup will help transform the airport into more of a shopping hub for tourists and locals alike, encouraging travelers to spend their layovers or pre-flight down time shopping for Nashville confections, Tennessee-branded goods and clothing from local boutiques.

“The number one goal is for all guests who arrive to Nashville to experience the true Nashville at the airport,” said Ben Zandi, president of Fraport, the German firm awarded the new Nashville airport concessions contract. “Number two is to improve their dwell time because now this is a really cool place to hang out, shop, listen to music, record your own music, go listen to live entertainment, shop with local vendors on the retail side, shop with local vendors on the food and beverage side.”

Lease negotiations are still underway, and letters of intent don’t always translate into signed deals, but the preliminary list of retailers planned for the airport includes chains such as Sunglass Hut and James Avery jewelry, plus an impressive roster of local businesses.

Planned airport businesses include Project 615, Parnassus, Two Old Hippies

Local retailers on the list of anticipated businesses include Project 615, White’s Mercantile, Goo Goo Store, Parnassus Books and Two Old Hippies. Reese Witherspoon’s popular 12South boutique, Draper James, is also on the list.

The new concessions program will include roughly 90 new locations of food and beverage, retail, passenger services, news, gifts and amenities, according to the Airport Authority. Development of the new concessions will start this year and continue through early 2023.

Source: The Tennessean