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The big costs of marathon running
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The big costs of marathon running

By on Oct 31, 2014

The annual TCS NYC Marathon is this weekend and with 50,000 plus runners headed for the five boroughs, this single event brings over $300 million dollars into the local economy. It is estimated that athletes in NYC spent on average about $1,800 dollars each during the course of their weekend. For a sport that should […]

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 […]

The NBA season is starting, and its salary bonanza is just beginning
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The NBA season is starting, and its salary bonanza is just beginning

The 2014-15 NBA season tips off Tuesday night, when the Orlando Magic play the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets take on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs. Expectations are the highest they’ve been in years, thanks to a giant reshuffling of superstars during the […]

How data is changing our brains
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How data is changing our brains

Anything data driven is all the talk of journalism — and the rest of the world — these days. But how is all that data affecting us physically? This weekend, the Ted Radio Hour on NPR took a look at how our species is evolving. One particularly interesting segment featured Juan Enriquez, author of the […]

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 […]