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How does holiday shopping help airports?
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How does holiday shopping help airports?

  As a regular traveler, I’m impressed with how airports have stepped up their game when it comes to shopping. And, they have to.  As airlines continue to consolidate and cut flights, airports are becoming more aggressive in finding ways to make up for that lost revenue. One way to do that is through retail […]

Gasoline drops below $2 a gallon in some places
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Gasoline drops below $2 a gallon in some places

You know you are paying less for gasoline this fall. But fuel has gotten really cheap in some parts of the country. The Associated Press reports that several filling stations in Oklahoma City and Texas are selling unleaded gasoline for less than $2 a gallon. ‘‘When I first saw it, I thought it was a […]

Where To? Stories and drawings of hours behind the wheel
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Where To? Stories and drawings of hours behind the wheel

“If this doesn’t work out, I can always get a job driving a cab.” How many times have you heard people say that? How many times have you thought it? Dmitry Samarov actually did it, although like many people who find themselves carrying people from point to point, he didn’t intend to become a cab […]

Global police crack down on $1 billion in airline ticket fraud
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Global police crack down on $1 billion in airline ticket fraud

It is a staggering number. Airlines around the world have lost $1 billion thanks to thieves who use fake or stolen credit cards to fraudulently purchase flights. Europol — the European Union’s law enforcement agency — just completed a major crackdown on the fraud, working with 60 airlines in 45 countries, along with representatives from […]

Can airports' mobile apps add to their bottom lines?
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Can airports’ mobile apps add to their bottom lines?

Airports are jumping into smartphone apps. While they’re aimed at helping passengers get around, airports are also using them to boost their bottom lines. The 2014 Airport IT Trends survey, published by Swiss-based air transport IT consultancy SITA and Airports Council International-North America, found that 60 percent of airports will offer geo-location by 2017. These […]

Little airports bring in big money
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Little airports bring in big money

While many cities and towns across America probably don’t have a commercial airport, most of them have smaller general aviation (GA) airports that help them connect to the national air transport system. These smaller GA airports also serve as important economic engines in the communities they serve. The Alliance for Aviation Across America is a […]

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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 […]