|Quoting yellowtail (Reply 77):|
Inbound duty free. Not uncommon.There is one in BZE that does enormous business with locals returning home and tourists alike. They even let crews through immigration to go do their shopping before getting back on their flight
both have duty-free on arrival which is very popular. I often find it very convenient when arriving into POS
to buy a bottle or two of spirit or bubbly there before clearing Customs - no hassle of lugging that weight all the way on my journey.
On the topic of duty-free, here's an arrangement which made BGI
(in particular) and ANU
lots of money in the past. In the days before heightened aviation security forced passengers in transit on flights to remain on-board - and many flights in the Caribbean were multi-stop (eg POS
and so on) - passengers were often free to disembark at one of the stops and visit the terminal. BGI
's many duty-free shops thus gained lots of business from passengers flying to and from POS
at a time when Trinidad's duty-free offerings were decidedly inferior. Many passengers flying between other islands with flights calling at BGI
similarly benefitted. That largely made up for the lack of on-board duty free on BW
at that time - in any case back then they did not explore that concept and they would have had strong competition from the stopover points! Gone are those days - I recall fondly in 1999 being able to disembark in both BGI
on my way from POS
, the only time I have set foot in four countries in one day!
still offer an in-bond system of duty-free shopping. If one goes to downtown Bridgetown and buys duty-free alcohol and tobacco at the shops there, they will retain them and deliver them to your flight or ship, provided there is enough time between purchase and departure. This arrangement, implemented because the products are for export if bought duty-free, allows passengers to benefit from the larger ranges downtown compared to the airport.
Overall I would imagine that the profitability of duty-free on board depends on the route. As alluded to by others I would surmise that flights to Asia are very profitable from this standpoint, given that AC
for instance offers a far greater range of product on trans-Pacific flights than on flights elsewhere. Over here in the UK I have noticed that holiday flights to the Canary Islands (which are in the EU but, as a duty free zone, are outside the Customs zone) do more duty free business than do flights to destinations within the Customs zone - and cigarettes are the major sales drivers (intra-EU Customs zone flights cannot sell duty-free alcohol or tobacco). Personally I only tend to buy model aircraft from on-board duty free shops.