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Get ready for a new airline fare: Basic Economy
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Get ready for a new airline fare: Basic Economy

To first class, business class, economy plus and plain old economy, add a new airfare terminology: basic economy. That might sound like an oxymoron, but the idea has been hovering for a while now. In June 2012, I wrote a post on my personal blog about how Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines was going to start […]

Please, airline, can we have some more (flights)?
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Please, airline, can we have some more (flights)?

In a past life, I worked for Mesa Air Group, a Phoenix-based regional carrier, where I had the chance to observe the team that listened to air service pitches from airports and local communities. Every community, large and small, knows they need commercial air service to be connected to the global air transportation system. Scheduled […]

The big jobs boost from America's airports
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The big jobs boost from America’s airports

 Nearly 500 U.S. commercial airports support 9.6 million jobs, create an annual payroll of $358 billion and produce an annual output of $1.1 trillion, according to a new report from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The economic impact study, The Economic Impact of Commercial Airports in 2013, analyzed contribution U.S. airports made to the nation’s […]

As smog increases, tourism to China drops
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As smog increases, tourism to China drops

You’ve all seen the pictures, like this one, of smog enveloping Beijing and other cities in China. And you’ve heard stories about how smog affected the recent Beijing marathon, causing some runners to drop out. (There’s some amazing video at the end of this story.) Now, there’s evidence that pollution is having an economic impact […]

Now taking off: new runways
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Now taking off: new runways

Runway construction is big business for the country’s airports, as both a driver of jobs and an economic impact.  Two cities recently opened new runways that both claim will be a benefit to travelers and the local community. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida recently opened the $719 million, 8,000-foot South Runway, built to help […]

Airport restaurants get a major upgrade
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Airport restaurants get a major upgrade

I’m of an age when I remember when airport eateries were utilitarian affairs, where you were lucky to get a snack bar, a generic fast-food joint and an unbranded, Soviet-style restaurant as your only food options. Those days passed after airports realized that one, airline revenues continue to drop as carriers consolidate and cut service. And two, with […]

How aircraft orders contribute to the local economy
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How aircraft orders contribute to the local economy

You often hear stories about airlines order new jets, from big companies such as Boeing or Airbus. But, what do they mean to the communities where those airlines are from? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines recently announced an order of 10 new Boeing 737-900 jets. The carrier also happens to be in the back yard of where […]

Bad news for Airbnb in New York State
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Bad news for Airbnb in New York State

Millions of people have booked rooms around the world through Airbnb, the online site. But the attorney general of New York State raises some serious questions about Airbnb’s legality. According to a report released Thursday, as many as 72 percent of Airbnb reservations over the last several years violated New York law. The report, “Airbnb […]

Who actually pays for airport WiFi?
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Who actually pays for airport WiFi?

Anyone who has traveled in the past year knows that WiFi in airports varies wildly. There are airports like Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport, which has very robust — and most importantly, free — WiFi.  There are airports like Phoenix Sky Harbor and Mineta San Jose that offer completely free WiFi.  Baltimore-Washington International is among […]