So I’m sitting here in the E concourse at TPA, which only has one or two Air Canada flights a day to YYZ (depending on the time of year), ranging anywhere from an E170 to an A320. There aren’t any other international flights. That’s an absolute maximum of 280 passengers a day, probably closer to 180 passengers on average (accounting for the time of year they have E170 service). So my question is simple enough — how the heck can a duty free shop even break even from one or two flights a day, especially when we’re not talking about 300 passenger planes? Are they counting on nonstop Ted service to Frankfurt, or what’s the deal? The rent costs must be high, and I can’t imagine that many people going to YYZ take advantage of these duty free “bargains.”
One of life’s many mysteries….