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

By on Oct 22, 2014

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 […]

5 things to know about Taylor Swift's latest marketing ploy
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5 things to know about Taylor Swift’s latest marketing ploy

When it comes to marketing, Taylor Swift seems to have a golden touch. She senses the right moment to put out a new single, and flash! it hits the top of the charts. She ranks No. 18 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, earning an estimated $64 million last year. Now, she’s come up with a […]

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 […]

In Ohio, a governor in the economic spotlight
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In Ohio, a governor in the economic spotlight

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has seen his share of controversy since his election in 2009. Not long after, the state legislature voted to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, only to see the move overturned by voters. Kasich decided to let the voters’ choice stand, and not re-introduce another such measure. Now, according to […]

Stack of credit cards
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Credit cards making a comeback after years of bank neglect

Big banks are reporting results this week. Reuters says that many are paying more attention to a neglected business: credit cards. According to writer David Henry, “JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup Inc and other big banks are making more credit card loans, after years of focusing mainly on customers who paid off their balances each […]

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 […]