It’s well known that airports have transformed in recent years from a transport hub with some shopping opportunities into shopping hubs with some associated transport options. It’s also generally acknowledged that, despite having a very large footfall compared to most other shops they often charge more than other shops for the same goods. They get a combination of high volume and high margin, which is a good combination for a retailer.
I passed through Collinstown Shopping Centre (a.k.a. Dublin Airport) recently and took note of the coffee prices in a number of the shops in Terminal 1. I don’t claim that this is scientific or exhaustive, although walking around the airport looking at the prices was pretty exhausting.
I tried taking note of multiple coffee types, but since they all had different combinations I ended up just noting the prices for a latte.
- Butlers chocolate shop – €3
- Marquette – €2.75
- Wrights – €3
- Burger King – €2.30
- The bar upstairs beside Burger King – €3.25
Can anyone beat €2.30 in Burger King in Dublin Airport for a latte?
I was looking back through some of my old books recently and came across my copy of “Europe by Train 1986” by Katie Wood and George McDonald. I took this with me on my first inter-rail in (not surprisingly) 1986.
It’s amazing how brief the entries are for each country. The entire book is just over 500 pages long, with 7 pages being enough to cover all of Poland. Indeed the section on Eating & Nightlife in Warsaw is only 2 paragraphs long.
These days some travel books could take 500 pages to cover “things to do in London on a Sunday morning in February – East London edition”
Things were much different back then. Apart from the fact that several countries covered in the book no longer exist (Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia & East and West Germany), there was no internet and there were no mobile phones. If faxes were around then, they certainly weren’t in widespread use. In order to book a hostel you had to post off a letter or booking form to each hostel individually and include a pre-paid return envelope. Since all countries in Europe use different stamps this wasn’t as easy as it sounds.