United States

MIA names Lester Sola the new Aviation Director

Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) has named Lester Sola as its new Director and Chief Executive Officer. Sola will oversee operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation (GA) airports throughout Miami-Dade County, which together generate $33.7 billion in business revenue and support more than 280,000 direct and indirect jobs. MIA itself handles more […]

MIA opens first U.S. passport clearance facility with facial recognition

On February 27, officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Miami International Airport’s newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international arrivals. The facility is the first in the country completely dedicated to providing expedited passport screening via facial recognition technology, […]

DFASS and partners inaugurate ground-breaking DFW duty free stores

DFASS Group with its partner CBI Retail Ventures (CBI) officially inaugurated the largest duty free store in the western hemisphere last week at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s (DFW) Terminal D. The 19,000-square-foot, two-level TRG Duty Free store, which has been open since December, offers passengers experiential shopping including two executive mezzanine lounges, $2 million […]

Airmall Cleveland awarded 5-year contract extension at CLE

Airmall Cleveland, has signed a five-year contract extension to continue its role as developer and manager of the retail concessions program at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), effective Jan. 16, 2019. Under the contract extension, the Fraport USA unit will continue managing the retail and dining program at CLE through beginning of 2024. The agreement covers the […]

Flor de Caña volcano activation impacts millions at MIA

Flor de Caña stopped traffic at Miami International Airport this summer with an elegant, disruptive, 10-feet high display inspired by the San Cristobal Volcano in Nicaragua, the birthplace of Flor de Caña rums. The activation, which ran from July through Sept. 8, incorporated large screens that created an incredible visual mosaic showing lava, volcano explosions […]

Concessions International: Staying relevant for 35 years

Concessions International, LLC, is a dynamic food and beverage operator with business in airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Seattle, St. Thomas, USVI, and Washington, DC. The family and minority-owned entity has been in business since 1979, with a storied history that reflects much of the past 35 years in airport development in the U.S. […]

Morgan Group Ventures: The strategic edge of being different

Headquartered in Washington DC, Morgan Group Ventures opened its first airport retail operation, Pen & Prose Boutique, as a kiosk at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in 1996. Founder and owner Mary Morgan entered the airport arena initially as a consultant for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA), but after five years of management […]

International visits to the United States +2% in January 2017; but five of top 10 inbound markets show decreases

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the United States welcomed a total 5.6 million international visitors in January 2017, a two percent increase in arrivals when compared to January 2016. This figure (preliminary data) marked the first month of growth in total U.S. visits since June 2016. However, non-resident visits from overseas countries (all […]

DFASS wins Charlotte, N.C. retail contract

DFASS has been awarded the duty free concession at North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport, reports The Moodie Report. The six-year contract is expected to start in mid-September and covers a 1,200sq ft duty free/duty paid shop in the D Concourse that will be renovated in the first quarter of 2018. DFASS currently operates a […]

Delta gets approval for $4 billon facility at LGA

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners have given final approval to a lease agreement with Delta Air Lines for its new $4 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia Airport. The new facility will be much more passenger friendly and provide 30% more concessions space than is currently available. This is […]

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