The ACS team ensures your successful take off at the airport. Destination? A successful future in airport retailing! 

We have all experienced that the pandemic has permanently changed the airport world. And the changes are still shaping the airport business. Our goal at ACS is to give airport retailing a new face. Through intelligent shopping and food & beverage concepts as well as partnership-based operator models.

The future may not be in our hands, but we can actively pave the way. Let’s take off!


ACS Jens Degner

More than 20 years of experience in international airport retailing

As founder and owner of ACS, I have many years of experience in the areas of airport retailing, terminal planning and development as well as tender/bid management. From 2004 to 2020, as Director Global Business Development at Gebr. Heinemann, I managed more than 150 tender and acquisition projects in the duty free and luxury retailing sector at airports and cruise ships. I started my career in the airport business as a project manager at AviAlliance, focusing on optimising commercial utilisation concepts and the resulting revenue streams. Before that, I gained many years of experience in stationary retail at P&C and in the shopping centre management at ECE. From 2012 to 2014, I was Vice Chairman of the ACI Commercial Forums. Since 2020, ACS has been an ACI World Business Partner and sponsor of the ADV (German Airports Association).

My core competencies include the following areas:

  • Airport Consulting and Investment
  • Corporate and Business development
  • Centre and Lease Management
  • Commercial Management
  • Premium and Luxury Retailing

But even beyond thinking in terms of core competencies, I can say that the airport industry has inspired me for more than 20 years. And this will not change in future. Because I strongly believe that nothing rocks like airport retailing! Let’s shape it together.


Expertise for all your requirements!

At ACS, we can rely on a well-coordinated team of experts as well as a strong partner network. This is the basis of our success. Our network includes, among others:


Our clients – here we already successfully took off!

The ACS and Jens Degner, founder and owner, have already supported many players with their expertise and experience: airports, investors as well as retail and food & beverage companies . Below you will find some highlights of our reference projects. However, if you would like to learn more or are interested in references from other areas, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Would you like to learn more? Here is an overview of our latest projects in Germany, Europe and worldwide. And if you would like to know even more, please feel free to contact us.

  • SOF Airport Transition Project, Commercial Lead | Bulgaria Commercial Strategy, Contract Management, Due Diligence, Transition, Duty Free Tender Management

  • JFK Airport Terminal 1, Senior Consultant | USA
    Development of a commercial plan for terminal one at JFK Airport incl. concession programme with individual industry/brand mix and business planning
  • EWR Airport Terminal A, Senior Consultant | USA
    Tender/RfP consulting, development of a commercial plan for a new terminal at EWR incl. concession programme with individual industry/brand mix
  • VIE Airport Terminal 2, Senior Consultant | Austria
    New retail programme for terminal 2 to optimise concession and brand mix
  • DUS Airport, Senior Consultant | Germany
    Development and evaluation of alternative contract models for commercial space program
  • IST Airport, Overall Project Management | Turkey
    Planning, development and letting of >100 rental units / approx. 18,000 sqm retail space with focus on luxury and premium retail