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March 10, 2022

Industry News – Click on the title to read the full article. Many of the sources below require a free registration to gain access to the article. If a paid registration is required, the individual source will be noted.

Airlines

Alaska Airlines to Reduce Capacity Due to ‘Volatile’ Fuel Prices (Source: Business Travel News)
Alaska Airlines’ parent company cut the carrier’s capacity outlook for the first half of 2022 due to “volatile” fuel prices “as a result of the conflict in Europe and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine,” according to a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Southwest to Expand Houston Airport Gates (Source: Houston Chronicle)
Southwest Airlines is moving ahead with the planning and design of seven new gates for domestic travel at the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas provided by a $20 million allocation approved unanimously by the Houston City Council. Construction of the gates is expected to take five years.

General Interest

TSA Extends Mask Mandate for Planes, Public Transport Through April 18 (Source: NBC News)
The Transportation Security Administration is extending the mask mandate on public transportation until April 18, according to a White House official and a TSA official. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when the mask rules can be lifted during this time, said the White House official.

Airports

Pandemic Influenced Airport Design (Source: Gravel2Gavel Blog)
The pandemic has altered airport design and infrastructure, influencing developers to include space for new technology, including automated features that allow passengers to use self-service check in kiosks and more space for cargo operations.

Local Businesses Add Flavor to New Phoenix Terminal (Source: KTAR-AM/FM)
Travelers to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport terminal 4 will be able to get a taste of the local fare as the Phoenix City Council approved a new line up of local and regional restaurants and shops as well as a common use lounge for the 130,000 square foot concourse. “Placing these organizations in front of global travelers is a great way to accelerate their growth and accentuate the things that make our community such a fabulous place to be,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Cincinnati Airport Debuts Autonomous Delivery Robot (Source: Airport Technology)
Passengers waiting at their gate or in the lounge at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport may now order food or other retail items and have them delivered directly to them by Ottobot, a fully autonomous delivery robot.

Seattle-Tecoma International Previews New Arrivals Facility (Source: KING-TV)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s new International Arrivals Facility is nearly ready and will open in the spring once it is fully tested and employees are trained. The facility will reduce connection times for passengers, streamline the customs process and accommodate double the arrival capacity to 2,600 passengers an hour.

Leisure Travel

Best US Cities For St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in 2022 (Source: eTurboNews)
Believe it or not, the first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade didn’t take place in Ireland. Its roots are actually in the U.S., though some say Boston while others claim New York. Regardless, what began as a Catholic feast day and gained more recognition with a parade in the 18th Century is today one of America’s biggest cultural holidays. More than 31 million people in the U.S. claim Irish ancestry – that’s more than six times the population of Ireland.

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