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September 30, 2021

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

American Tests Emissions-Saving Flight Control Technology (Source: WNCT-TV)
The technology the Federal Aviation Administration plans to roll out at 27 US airports, where it will speed aircraft movements on the ground, cut wait times and save fuel, was tested by American Airlines at its hubs in Dallas and Charlotte, N.C. The Integrated Arrival Departure Surface system, developed by NASA, integrates control of arrivals, departures and surface traffic.

Delta And United Each Drop US Cities In Latest Route-Map Adjustment (Source: The Points Guy)
Airlines continue to redraw their route maps due to the pandemic. The latest casualty is two small cities — Durango, Colorado, and Rochester, Minnesota — that are losing a chunk of their air service.

Delta Resumes Routes To London, Scotland (Source: Simple Flying)
Delta Air Lines will resume service in 2022 between Salt Lake City and London and Boston and Edinburgh, Scotland. The Utah route will restart in March and flights from Boston to Scotland will resume in July.

United Makes Using Travel Credits Easier (Source: TravelPulse)
United Airlines is adding more user-friendly options for passengers to use travel credits by automatically displaying it as a payment option when booking a flight. The function is available for MileagePlus members and will be implemented for all customers in the near future. “It’s not just the right thing to do for our customers, but it’s also the right way to re-introduce more customers to the United travel experience,” said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer.

Hotels

MGM Resorts Buys Las Vegas Cosmopolitan For $1.6 Billion (Source: Travel Market Report)
The transformation of Las Vegas post-COVID-19 continues.  On Monday, MGM Resorts announced that it has acquired the operations for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for $1.625 billion.  MGM will now enter into a 30-year lease agreement, with three 1-year renewal options, through a partnership with Stonepeak Partners, Cherng Family Trust, and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, which will acquire the actual Cosmopolitan real estate. MGM will pay those groups annual rent of $200 million on the property. 

Meetings

Meetings-Friendly Hilton Opens North of Miami (Source: Meetings Net)
Close to two airports and two larger meetings properties, the Hilton Aventura Miami has 15,000 square feet of event space of its own. With outdoor gathering space at a premium during this time of pandemic, the spring opening of the 208-room Hilton Aventura Miami provides small to mid-sized meeting groups a new option in the bustling corridor between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Airports

Newark, N.J., Airport Completes Runway Upgrade (Source: NJ Advance Media)
Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened its main runway five days early after completing a $84.2 million upgrade. The runway, which handles half of the airport’s traffic, was temporarily closed in April and returned to service five days ahead of schedule.

Denver Airport Runway Project Advances (Source: The Denver Post)
Plans for a seventh runway at Denver International Airport have advanced after the City Council approved up to $83.5 million for three contracts to guide the environmental review phase and design work.

Fort Myers, FL Airport To Expand Terminal (Source: WBBH-TV)
Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers plans to begin work next month on a project to add 117,000 square- feet to its terminal while remodeling 164,000 square feet. The $331 million project will also consolidate security checkpoints as part of the goal to speed operations and accommodate future growth.

Leisure Travel

List: Top US Hotels For Spa Lovers (Source: Business Insider)
Resorts World Las Vegas, New York’s Inns of Aurora and Carillon Miami Wellness Resort top this list of US hotels that include destination spas. Peninsula Chicago and Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas also make the list.

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