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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 […]

Why aren't teens interested in driving?
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Why aren’t teens interested in driving?

The number of teens getting their licenses at age 16 is at one of its lowest points ever. But, you’d think that the sons and daughters of the men and women who work in the auto industry would buck the trend. That’s not the case, as I found out last week. I was honored to […]

The big economic story In Chicago's ATC meltdown
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The big economic story In Chicago’s ATC meltdown

    This week, the big aviation meltdown that plagued Chicago is finally expected to end. But it turned the Midwest into a nightmare for the Federal Aviation Administration, and exposed some key flaws in the FAA’s ability to handle emergencies. On Sept. 26, a disgruntled contract employee at the Aurora, Ill., air route traffic […]