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October 17, 2019

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.


Airfares this month to drop to record low levels (Source: Travel Pulse)
Later this month domestic — and a few international — airfares are expected to drop to the lowest levels since pre-2013 due to expanded competition, according to Hopper’s Consumer Airfare Index, which names 20 destinations with the lowest anticipated numbers. 

Delta, Marriott get top marks for business travelers (Source: Forbes)
UK-based Business Traveller Magazine has named Delta Air Lines as the best airline for North American business travelers, followed by American Airlines and Air Canada.

Southwest plans efficiency study of boarding and deplaning (Source: Chicago Business Journal)
Southwest Airlines has tapped a group of flight attendants to collect data on the boarding and deplaning processes of hundreds of flights at Denver International Airport in an effort to find opportunities for improvement.

United Airlines announces frequent flyer changes (Source: Travel Pulse)
United Airlines is changing its frequent flyer program to base qualification for Premier status on number of flight segments flown and dollars spent on airfare and upgrades, rather than mileage flown.

US airlines nix Boeing 737 MAX until Jan., affecting holiday trips (Source: Market Watch)
United Airlines has joined the rising chorus of airlines that won’t use the Boeing 737 MAX flights until January at the earliest, which means the cancellation of thousands of flights, plus harder-to-find flights and possibly higher fares during the holiday season.


Airport improvements lead to increased customer satisfaction (Source: A Better Flight Plan)
The latest survey from J.D. Power showcases that airports that are equipped with facilities to better serve passengers see a comparable increase in satisfaction scores. 

Battling curbside congestion: Handling ride-share pickup (Source: USA Today)
Near the end of October, Los Angeles International Airport will join several other airports in moving ride-hailing and/or taxi service away from the curb to relieve congestion.

Memphis airport begins terminal project (Source: FOX13)
Memphis International Airport is beginning a major construction project that will consolidate three concourses into one — more modern — area.

Miami airport set to debut $325M automated baggage porter system (Source: Miami Herald)
Miami International Airport is set to unveil its new $324 million automated baggage system, which aims to triple efficiency, allowing the Transportation Security Administration to screen an estimated 7,000 bags per hour.

N.C. airport to begin $600M terminal expansion project (Source: WCNC)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina will break ground in December on a $600 million expansion and renovation of its terminal lobby.

Va. airport plans $1B terminal project (Source: Patch)
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is planning a $1 billion capital improvement project to construct new security checkpoints and a new 14-gate concourse at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.


Use of social media, biometric data for security questioned (Source: Financial Times)
Some privacy advocacy organizations are concerned about a recent visa application change that asks applicants to provide their social media profiles, and the use biometric data at airports.

What to know about REAL ID (Source: Forbes)
Forbes tells travelers how to ensure their driver’s licenses are Real ID-compliant by the Oct. 1, 2020 deadline.


Video, photos: Observatory opens at Empire State Building (Source: untapped cities)
The new observatory on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building in New York City opened over the weekend, offering a 360-degree view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

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