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September 22, 2017

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Airlines set new all-time high for year-to-date passenger count (Source: Business Journal)
US airlines exceeded their previous year-to-date passenger count, carrying 414.4 million passengers in the first six months of 2017, compared to 403.1 million in 2016.

Airlines, workers help in areas struck by disasters (Source: Air Transport World)
Airlines and their workers have stepped up to help people affected by the recent storms and the earthquake in Mexico, delivering needed supplies and helping to move people and pets out of harm’s way.

American Airlines, Charlotte airport collaborate on gate expansion (Source: The Street)
The Street’s Ted Reed writes that big things are happening at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, thanks to investments from American Airlines and the carrier’s strong partnership with airport officials.

Analysts agree US airline industry positioned for long-term success (Source: Air Transport World)
Three leading industry analysts at A4A’s Commercial Aviation Industry Summit this week discussed the growth among US airlines and the new period of stability and product investment.

Cincinnati airport’s use of BlipTrack shortens security wait times (Source: Smart City World)
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is using connected sensor technology from BlipTrack to better predict passenger demand and to reduce wait times at security checkpoints.

Southwest, mechanics’ union reach agreement in principle (Source: Aviation Tribune)
Southwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have reached an agreement in principle that outlines a five-year contract laying out work rules, a wage scale and a ratification bonus.


Airport sleep pods a boon to tired travelers (Source: Skift)
For decades, a thunderstorm or missed connection meant you might have to sleep in the airport, leaving frustrated travelers with a truly tired dilemma: Is the boarding gate chair-curl worth a try, or is it better just to grab some floor?

ATC “antiquated,” says former N.Y./N.J. port authority director (Source: Transportation Today)
Chris Ward, former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, says the US air traffic control system is “hopelessly antiquated” and Congress must move to make a change.

Virgin Clubhouse uses VR to visit world’s top bars (Source: The Spirits Business)
Through a partnership with Bacardi Global Travel Retail, Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse customers will be able to use virtual-reality goggles to experience what it’s like to be served a cocktail at some of the world’s most acclaimed bars without leaving their seat at the airport.


Denver to receive first flagship Hilton property (Source: Business Journal)
The Denver Marriott City Center will rebrand as the Hilton Denver City Center in December.

Marriott AC brings casual, urban vibe with Tucson, Ariz., debut (Source: Tucson News Now)
The 136-room Marriott AC Hotel Tucson Downtown in Arizona features a modern, casual atmosphere with sharp lines and touches like USB ports in the power outlets.


Biometric boarding system a hit with Boston JetBlue passengers (Source: Air Transport World)
JetBlue Airways’ test of facial recognition boarding technology was a hit with passengers at Boston’s Logan International Airport.


Experiencing a different side of Oktoberfest (Source: Travel Pulse)
Travelers heading to Munich for Oktoberfest can follow the crowds and hit the biggest beer tents, or go to the tiny tents for a fun, intimate time.

Get a proper introduction to Montreal’s culinary scene (Source: Travel Pulse)
First-time visitors to Montreal might be tempted to head for the well-known tourist spots, but a better option is to explore the cuisine of the city’s many neighborhoods.

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