Airports explore new ways to forecast travel amid pandemic

Jan 11, 2021
A travel analytics firm is helping the Raleigh-Durham International Airport forecast using data officials haven't tapped before.
Kenneth Strickland, director of air service development at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. RDU is working with a nearby analytics firm to look at other data, like hotel bookings and rental car reservations, that could be helpful for predicting travel.
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Airlines push for more COVID tests, fewer quarantines to get more people traveling

Airlines believe the fear of sitting next to an infected passenger and 14-day mandatory quarantines are keeping more people from flying.
Travelers stand at an information desk to ask about the free-of-charge COVID-19 testing station at Düsseldorf International Airport on October 19, 2020.
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Passenger airports are struggling to make ends meet

Aug 10, 2020
The downturn in air travel has slashed airport revenue, with fees plummeting for landings, passenger use and parking.
The United Airlines check-in counter at San Francisco International was vacant in early August.
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Furloughed pilot's new project helps frontline health workers

Jun 22, 2020
Through Project Wingman, airline crews visit hospitals to provide company and support to health care workers.
Many furloughed pilots haven't yet returned to the skies. Some are spending their time providing for health care workers.
Courtesy Project Wingman

Your local airport could be getting a gym soon

Nov 28, 2019
There's growing demand for more health conscious airports, according to Alison Sider of the Wall Street Journal.
Some frequent fliers say they'd hit the gym during layovers.
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Tampa International Airport is inviting nonflyers to dine at its terminals

Jun 18, 2019
You no longer have to be passenger to eat beyond the security checkpoint.
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Expanding airports are banking on local retailers to add value

Nov 6, 2018
Terminals in major cities are undergoing renovations and relying on the allure of local shops to keep travelers spending.
A band entertains travelers at the Orlando International Airport.
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Brookstone saves airport-based stores from the chopping block. Here’s why.

Aug 2, 2018
Brookstone, the specialty retailer that sells eye masks, massage chairs and other gadgets, filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time Thursday. The company says it’s going to shut down its roughly 100 mall-based stores. They’ve become less of an attraction as more shopping moves online. The company’s 35 airport-based stores are doing much better. […]
A Brookstone store is seen at Rockefeller Center October 29, 2003 in New York City. 
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Biometric screening is coming to the airport of the future

Jul 14, 2017
Would you use fingerprint scanning and facial recognition to get through the airport faster?
Travelers wait in long lines to speak with airline ticket agents in the United terminal at San Francisco International Airport.
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