Hamburg/Kaunas, 12 July 2017 – Today, Gebr. Heinemann and Travel Retail Vilnius opened two brand new Heinemann Duty Free and Travel Value shops in the Schengen terminal at Kaunas Airport. A third shop in the Non-Schengen terminal will be opened in September, completing a total retail space of 370 sqm. Bruno Kaspar, Director Kaunas Airport, Claus Heinemann, Co-Owner Gebr. Heinemann, Peter Irion, Executive Director Distribution Gebr. Heinemann and Bernard Schlafstein, Area Sales Director Russia/CIS Gebr. Heinemann today proudly celebrated the opening together. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. The airport is an important hub for Ryanair and Wizzair and a starting point for business travellers, tourists and expats.

Bruno Kaspar, Director Kaunas Airport: “The Kaunas airport is delighted to have
Gebr. Heinemann – as one of world's top airport retail operators - taking responsibility for Kaunas Duty Free shops. The construction of a modern walk-through airport retail area in Kaunas and the investment of Heinemann in the three separate airport retail areas, coupled with Heinemann's long airport experience, will provide our passengers with a high quality shopping experience. I am looking forward to having a long and fruitful cooperation with Gebr. Heinemann and the Heinemann team in Lithuania.”

Bernard Schlafstein, Area Sales Director Russia/CIS Gebr. Heinemann added: “Gebr. Heinemann has been operating the Duty Free and Travel Value shops at Vilnius airport since 2008 and developed a very good cooperation with the Lithuanian airport authorities. We have been through difficult years together, in particular when Lithuanian Airlines stopped its operations in 2009, but were always determined to play an active role in travel retail in Lithuania and are glad to see that the passenger traffic has recovered well. We are delighted that our company was chosen to build and manage the travel retail space at Kaunas airport and convinced that we will be able to offer an exciting shopping experience to travellers through Kaunas. We hope that this new opening in Kaunas will allow us to further strengthen our presence in Lithuania.”

Local expertise combined with a selection of international and regional bestsellers

The three Heinemann Duty Free and Travel Value shops are designed and built as a walk-through concept, following highest quality standards. For all construction works Heinemann appointed local Lithuanian companies in order to show the high commitment in the region. 17 employees were hired for the shop operations at Kaunas Airport. They work in close cooperation with the team of 68 people at Vilnius Airport, where Travel Retail Vilnius, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Gebr. Heinemann, also operates nine Heinemann Duty Free and Travel Value shops.


Passengers at Kaunas Airport may choose from an excellent assortment which covers international bestsellers from all categories including accessories. Additionally, there is an attractive selection of local highlights from the spirits, sweets and fine food categories. Even before getting to the destination of their dreams or the next business meeting, customers can discover the “crazy lazy summer feeling” thanks to the special summer offers, which are available until the end of August.

Press contact:
Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
Lara Vitzthum / Head of Corporate Communications
0049 40 3010-23849

About Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG and Travel Retail Vilnius

Travel Retail Vilnius, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Gebr. Heinemann, was founded in 2007. The company is successfully operating 9 shops at the capital's Airport with a total space of 1,060 sqm as well as the three new Heinemann Duty Free and Travel Value Shops with a retail space of 370 sqm at Kaunas Airport.

Gebr. Heinemann is one of the top players on the international travel retail market and the leader on the European market. It is the only family-run business among the global players of the travel retail industry. As a distributor, Gebr. Heinemann is supplying more than a 1,000 customers in 100-plus countries. In the retail sector, Gebr. Heinemann operates more than 320 Heinemann Duty Free and Travel Value shops, fashion label boutiques under license and concept shops at 77 airports in
28 countries along with shops at border crossings and aboard cruise liners. The family-run business has developed a branding concept designed to make its Duty Free and Travel Value shops truly unmistakable. The Heinemann Duty Free brand is now present at numerous airports worldwide, with its biggest Duty Free Shop at an airport in Sydney. On 120.000 square metres the retail operation now serves more than 40 million customers annually. Gebr. Heinemann has 6,000 employees around the world.