United States

LAWA announces organizational changes to support modernization program

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has appointed Justin Erbacci as Chief Operating Officer, effective Aug. 5. Erbacci succeeds Samson Mengistu, who is retiring after more than 25 years at LAWA. Erbacci, who has been with LAWA since July 2016, was most recently Chief Innovation and Commercial Strategy Officer and Deputy Executive Director, leading the Terminal Development and Improvement […]

18 U.S. airports using 3-D checkpoint tech

The Transportation Security Administration has now installed state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners at 18 major U.S. airports. The new technology provides improved explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint, and makes it a little easier for travelers at security. Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT will be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic […]

Miami International Airport reveals plans for a $5 billion expansion

Miami International Airport executives have revealed plans for a $5 billion Capital Improvement Project. Miami International Airport Director Lester Sola recently briefed the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Transportation and Finance Committee on a 15-year construction plan that could cost as much as $5 billion. The plan covers construction from next year through 2035. The new plan, […]

Chinese travel to the U.S. falls

Chinese travel to the U.S. fell 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. This is the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the U.S. slipped from the prior year. Although many reports are blaming the trade tensions between the two countries for the decline, the […]

3Sixty celebrates grand opening of the first 3Sixty Duty Free More store at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  Among a bustling crowd of morning passengers last week, Miami-based duty free company 3Sixty unveiled its first rebranded airport store at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The 1200 sq. foot Charlotte store is the first physical implementation of the 3Sixty Duty Free & More brand after the launch last October, and features both store-front signage […]

Rouge enters U.S. market with new offer for outlet perfume shops

Rouge USA, a new company formed by the owners of Buenos Aires-based Perfumerias Rouge, one of Argentina’s leading beauty companies, opened its first perfumery in the U.S. in February. Rouge’s first U.S. store is located in the International Premium Outlet of Orlando. A favorite destination of both national and international tourists, the mall attracts 17 […]

Stellar Partners, Inc. announces agreement to acquire Pacific Gateway Concessions

Florida-based travel retail company Stellar Partners, Inc. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pacific Gateway Concessions (PGC). The acquisition continues the company’s strategic growth plan as a leading North American airport retailer and will increase its portfolio combined to 99 award-winning news/convenience and specialty stores in 20 airports throughout the United States. […]

British Airways to move to JFK T8 in 2022

British Airways has announced it will move to John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 8 in 2022. It currently flies out of JFK Terminal 7. The airline is investing in a new, improved terminal alongside American Airlines as part of a significant reinvestment by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The two […]

LAX sets another record for passengers in 2018

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) set a new all-time record for passenger traffic in 2018 with 87.5 million travelers, up 3.52% over 2017’s previous record. International passenger traffic slightly outpaced overall traffic growth at LAX, with a record-setting 26 million international travelers last year. More than 61 million domestic passengers traveled through LAX. In 2018, nonstop […]

DFW named Air Transport World’s 2019 Global Airport of the Year

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport has been recognized as the 2019 Airport of the Year by Air Transport World (ATW). The award recognizes DFW’s innovation in providing a world-class customer experience, global leadership in sustainability, cost effective and efficient operations, excellent partnership with airlines, and collaboration with local communities to further develop the economic benefits […]

U.S. travel industry could lose $100 million a day during government shutdown

The partial federal government shutdown could reach a cost of more than $100 million daily for the U.S. economy just through the impact on travel, according to a preliminary calculation by the U.S. Travel Association’s economic research department. This includes a daily cost of nearly $50 million in direct domestic travel spending, plus more than $50 million in indirect and induced […]

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