ARI Ireland manages the travel retail operations at Dublin and Cork Airports. These airports are owned and operated by ARI’s parent company, DAA.
ARI Ireland is the company’s longest-established business and remains one of its largest in terms of turnover.
Approximately 300 people are directly employed by ARI Ireland.
Duty-paid sales comprise approximately 60% of ARI Ireland’s revenues. Perfumes and cosmetics represent over 50% of total sales followed in descending order of scale by alcohol, fashion and souvenirs, confectionery and food, and tobacco.
The opening of Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 in November 2010 increased the total retail space at the airport to just under 20,000 sq metres.
ARI’s own dynamic retail brand 'The Loop' emanated from customer insights at Dublin Airport and was launched there to significant customer acclaim in 2009.
The exciting new retail experience on offer in Terminal 2 helped Dublin Airport achieve first place in Airport Council International’s (ACI) rankings for shopping facilities at European airports in late 2010.
There were further awards in 2011. One of the unique features of The Loop at Dublin Airport, the Irish Whiskey Collection won the Speciality Concept of the Year at the 2011 Frontier Awards in Cannes.
In 2015 an €8m ‘walk-through’ retail area was opened in Terminal 1 featuring innovative retail concepts, a world exclusive and expanded category offerings. This has lead to considerable sales growth and ARI being awarded the prestigious Frontier award for Airport Retail of the year. Our new confectionery concept Candy Cloud also scooped a Frontier Award for Best Speciality Concept.
Up to 3,000 sq metres of exciting new retail space was brought on stream with the opening of Cork Airport’s new passenger terminal in 2006. Like its sister airport at Dublin, Cork now offers 'The Loop' retail brand. A new speciality food hall, reflecting the Cork region’s reputation as the gourmet capital of Ireland, is currently planned.