Whisky Magazine Issue 97
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Joe Bates finds out how Switzerland embraces arrivals duty-free
The argument for arrivals duty-free has been growing for some time. Not only is there not having to lug your purchases half way around the world, but you also avoid all the hassles of complicated security rules relating to carrying liquids in hand luggage.
It's also been argued that choosing to buy on arrival rather than on departure helps airlines to reduce fuel burn, cutting their CO2 emissions. And lastly, one mustn't forget the new rules introduced by charming airlines such as Ryanair that are demanding passengers only take one piece of hand luggage with them onboard their flight.
Yes, the arguments for arrivals duty-free are pretty convincing and the latest country to be persuaded by them is Switzerland, which opened arrivals stores at all its major international airports on June 1. The stores' owners reckon annual sales from these shops will top CHF20m (£14.62m) each year, but the really good news for travellers is prices are genuinely duty-free as Switzerland remains outside the European Union.
At Zürich airport, which has arrivals shops in both terminals, customers can reserve any product they like in the departures shop on the outbound leg of their journey, and then collect it in the arrivals store on their return.
The choice of malt whiskies there is good too: Auchentoshan, Aberlour, Bowmore, Glengoyne, Laphroaig and Talisker are just some of the brands stocked.
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