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This Thanksgiving, find story ideas at the airport

With the Thanksgiving holiday season underway, airports are a great place to look for stories.  Most medium to large airports post their rules for the media on their websites. Their public affairs officials are usually more than happy to help with stories. But there are some things to keep in mind. First, you can’t just […]

Airports: from users of energy to sources of energy
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Airports: from users of energy to sources of energy

As airlines continue to consolidate and look for ways to cut expenses from the bottom line, airports have borne the brunt of these cuts.  Airports make money from airlines through everything from space rental to landing fees that can bring in millions of dollars a year. But when that money is cut, airports still need […]

The economic toll on former airline hubs
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The economic toll on former airline hubs

For the past few decades, airlines built up service at a variety of cities around the country. It wasn’t that the market required the flights. Instead, these cities were called “hubs,” places where the carriers fed traffic east-west, or north-south. The idea was to maximize efficiency, and fill airplane seats. But as airlines continue to […]

Airports, always big energy users, are turning to solar power
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Airports, always big energy users, are turning to solar power

Airports are big users of energy. They need power to run everything from runway lights to food concessions.  And that power is a big part of a facility’s budget. Two airports — California’s Fresno Yosemite International and Minneapolis-St. Paul International — have created solar power projects to help generate the energy needed to power their […]

Oh, those airline fees: more than half of us shell out
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Oh, those airline fees: more than half of us shell out

What difference has the Web made to air travel? And, how many passengers are ponying up for various kinds of fees? We’ve got some answers for you. The International Air Transport Association, the trade group that represents the world’s airlines, did an independent survey of passengers between July and September 2014, using social media, email […]

Animal fat in airplanes: could biofuels help airlines’ bottom lines?
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Animal fat in airplanes: could biofuels help airlines’ bottom lines?

In 2006, jet fuel became the biggest expense on the balance sheets of U.S. airlines.  And airlines have been battered by volatile fuel prices in the past 10 years, even when they buy hedges to protect against cost spikes. Right now, oil prices are down, but nobody expects them to stay there. That is why […]

6 airports that are making money off the environment
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6 airports that are making money off the environment

Taking care of the environment is not only good for the planet, it can also bring in extra money to airports. The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $10.2 million in grants to six airports around the country under the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, which encourages facilities to cut emissions and improve air quality. The […]

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 […]