The best airports to get delayed in are those with the best duty-free shops. Shopping is an inherent part of travelling and duty free shops can offer you an unforgettable experience, provided you are delayed in the right airport.
Consumer organizations suggest that in European duty-free shops, consumers save 20 percent on the retail price of perfumes, 60 percent on the retail price of liquor and 5 percent on the retail price on CDs. Besides, if you ever find yourself in Dublin, Athens, Madrid or Paris airports, feel blessed. They are the best airports, in terms of prices and they have a great variety of offerings.
If you are an avid smoker, duty free shops in Madrid, Lisbon and Athens are the cheapest. Mediterranean people smoke a lot and tobacco companies are quite profitable in the Mediterranean region. On the contrary, if you are in London airport, you will pay a double price for the same brand of cigarettes. So, if you travel Athens – London – Chicago make sure you buy your cigarettes from Athens on the way back home.
For cheaper prices in liquor, Milan, Athens and Madrid airports are the best options. You may find great variety of Italian wines including Chianti Classico and Super Tuscan at affordable prices. On the hand, if you transit at Brussels, Frankfurt or London airports, do not even think about buying liquor there. Prices are marked up, while in terms of variety, you won’t find anything particularly special.
For good prices in perfumes, the cheapest duty free shops are in Dublin, Athens and Milan airports, while for CDs you should prefer Dublin and Milan. Also, for digital cameras and films, the most affordable duty free shops are those of Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Brussels and London.
For delicatessen, you have many options. If you look for lobsters packed in special packing, Boston airport is the place to be. In San Francisco, Dublin, and Lisbon you will find frozen crabs and smoked salmon. In Copenhagen, you may buy smoked fish and jam. Also, in Vienna duty free shops don’t miss sachertorte – the famous Austrian sweet.
If you are ever in Dubai or Abu Dhabi airports, look for exotic fruits, caviar, golf equipment and the latest PC models. Particularly, in Dubai, you may be lucky enough to win a BMW, Porsche or Mercedes in the lottery; although after the recent market downturn I’m not sure if they still do that.
If you love flowers, the best airports are Bangkok airport where you may find a variety of splendid orchids and Amsterdam airport where you can buy tulips.
If you love the art, in Chicago airport you may buy copies of American Indian art, while in London and Paris airports you may find copies of the most significant British and French museums.
Of course, if you have extreme demands, duty free shops cannot satisfy them. For instance, you are allowed to buy a carton of 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, one litre of alcohol drink (above 22 degrees) or 2lt of light alcohol drink such as aperitif. You are also allowed to 2lt of wine, 250ml of perfume, 500gr of coffee, and 200gr tea. Finally, passengers under 18 are not allowed to buy cigarettes or liquor.
In any case, an airport is not the best place to spend many hours. However, if your flight is delayed, it is great to have some wonderful time shopping.
Written by Christina Pomoni
Investment Advisor – Freelancer Writer
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