Aer Rianta International, a subsidiary of Dublin Airport Authority, has signed a retailing contract with Yunnan Airport Group to operate 11 duty paid retail units.

ARI will run separate duty paid stores selling branded skincare products, perfume and cosmetics, fashions items, accessories and other goods.

The move is ARI's first retail venture in China. It currently operates businesses in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and India.

'This is a very significant strategic move for ARI, as it means we will be operating outlets in the fast-growing Chinese airport market for the first time,' said DAA chief executive Declan Collier.

'The Chinese aviation market is experiencing phenomenal growth and we are very excited at the potential for further opportunities in China.'

Last summer, DAA signed a strategic collaboration agreement with the Yunnan Airport Group, which operates 11 airports in south-west China.

The new Kunming Airport will be capable of handling up to 70 million passengers per year. It is expected to be China's fourth largest airport.

The airport is due to open next January and will replace the city's existing airport.