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The purpose of this blog is to compile airport parking news as well as airport news and airline news in one place for our parking customers as well as those in the parking industry. The following articles and press releases on the airport, airline, and parking industry are from various news sources and the links will take you to the source's web site:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Atlanta Airport's ‘New Front Door' to Open in Spring

Sept 27, 2011 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - By Kelly Yamanouchi -- The Atlanta airport’s new $1.4 billion international terminal, which will change the way some travelers use the sprawling complex, is entering the final stretch of construction after a long and bumpy journey.

Now set to open next spring -- six years after the initial target date -- the terminal will create “a new front door to the airport,” said Atlanta Airport general manager Louis Miller, by offering an access point on the east side, off I-75.

The terminal is mainly designed for passengers using the adjacent international gate concourses. One of its most-touted features: it will bring an end to the cumbersome baggage process now required of Atlanta-bound international travelers. If flying with checked luggage, they must recheck it after clearing customs, then pick it up again after taking the airport train to the distant main terminal.

At the same time, one task for airport officials is making sure local travelers and regular visitors, long used to coming and going from one terminal for all flights, don’t end up in the wrong place. Read More

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DFW Airport Begins Terminal E Expansion Project

Sept 21, 2011 - Airlines and Destinations -- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) is beginning construction to add 54,000 square feet of “landside” interior terminal space in Terminal E, creating more room for ticketing, baggage claim, security and passenger services in areas before passengers pass through security checkpoints.

The work will expand the terminal building between gates E17 and E31, and is part of the DFW Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP). The initial phase of TRIP for Terminal E also includes the reactivation of its ‘satellite’ terminal, which houses seven aircraft gates.

TRIP is a seven-year, $1.9 billion renovation plan to renew all four of DFW’s original terminals, which first opened when the airport itself opened in 1974. Under TRIP, DFW will replace aging infrastructure systems, update concessions and redesign terminal space to improve the passenger experience substantially.  Read More

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aloft's First Hotel Conversion Project is Near San Francisco Airport

Aloft turns to conversions to meet global demand from partners, developers, consumers 

Sept 19, 2011 - Travel Daily News -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the first conversion of an existing hotel to its “style-at-a-steal” Aloft brand, launching a new phase of growth for one of the world’s most talked-about hotel brands.

Aloft San Francisco Airport, a former Clarion property, will undergo a significant renovation before opening as an Aloft in the summer of 2012. The 253-room hotel is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts and this significant investment demonstrates Starwood’s strong commitment to the three-year-old Aloft brand.

“Building on the success of adaptive reuse projects like the award-winning Aloft Dallas Downtown, a former railroad depot, we’ve developed a conversion-friendly strategy for existing hotels to meet owner and guest demand for the brand while helping our partners reposition existing assets in a cost-effective manner,” Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood. “We believe that many well-located, older hotels in metro markets represent enormous untapped repositioning potential. With the right capital investment and the backing of Starwood’s powerful platforms, these assets will benefit from Aloft’s ever-growing guest loyalty.” Read more

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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Sky's the Limit for Buffalo Airport

Expanded service, cheaper flights spur rise in Buffalo Airport's importance to the local economy

Sept 19, 2011 - Buffalo News - by Matt Glynn -- The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is on track to serve more than 5 million total passengers this year -- for the sixth consecutive year.

Those big numbers have become practically routine for the airport, making it easy to forget how different the picture was for fliers in the 1990s, when the Buffalo airport had dingy, outdated facilities and was known for high fares.

All of that began to change when the airport's flashy new terminal debuted in late 1997, and began turning the airport into a regional asset. It has become a draw for businesses that send employees out and welcome clients here; a tool for residents who can live here and work elsewhere, and an economic engine for the surrounding community, fueling hotel construction and employment.  Read More

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Friday, September 16, 2011

FasTrack Airport Parking at DFW Airport is Now the Parking Spot 2

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Facility Part of the Nation's Largest Near-Airport Parking Company

Sept 15, 2011 - DALLAS - Press Release -- FastTrack airport parking at the DFW Airport will officially transition to The Parking Spot 2 on September 15th. The Parking Spot 2 is part of the near-airport parking network that stretches from both coasts, and includes 65,183 parking spaces in 40 facilities at 24 airports across the country.

"While FastTrack has a loyal following among Dallas travelers, we're excited about welcoming thousands of guests to a new level of service and convenience at The Parking Spot 2 that is unmatched in our industry," said Mark P. Wildman, Senior Vice President of Marketing for The Parking Spot.  "We've developed a hospitality-driven brand and culture that we believe we can successfully infuse into the operating dynamics of the FastTrack facility here in Dallas and around the country."

 At The Parking Spot 2 - Dallas, which features more than 800 covered spaces, guests will ride to and from the airport in the company's distinctive yellow and black spotted shuttles, which pick up guests at their vehicle and run continuously to the airport.  Shuttle drivers offer complimentary luggage assistance on their departure and return.  Additionally, guests are provided with a complimentary newspaper upon arrival and chilled bottled water at exit and may also join the Spot Club, the industry's most flexible airport parking rewards program that offers free parking with as few as seven paid days.

 Many improvements have been made at The Parking Spot 2 to make the consumer experience even more satisfying.  Some of the renovations include painting the parking lot and adding new space numbering; adding new islands, ticket booths and canopies; lighting signage; landscaping and updating the office building.  The back entrance/exit was reconfigured to allow for better traffic flow.

The Parking Spot 2 is located at 5100 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving.  For directions, reservations and more information, visit www.TheParkingSpot.com


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Volunteers to Give New Sacramento Airport Terminal a Dry Run

Sept 13, 2011 - The Sacramento Bee - By Tony Bizjak -- When the doors slide open on Sacramento International Airport's $1 billion expansion next month, it will be critical from the first moment that passengers find their way to their planes without confusion or consternation.

That's why, airport officials said, they've invited 120 volunteers next week for a dry run – to see how they navigate the new facilities, from the parking lots to the ticket stations to the boarding gates.

If there's a problem, officials said, they need to know now rather than on Oct. 6, when real passengers will need to get to real flights.

"You're basically turning off the lights one night (at old Terminal B), and opening at 5 a.m. the next morning at the new terminal," said the airport's Robert Spitler. "You can't be wrong."  Read More

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Five Years of Hospitality Celebrated by Premier Montreal Trudeau Airport Hotels

Sep 07, 2011 - MONTREAL - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX -- Celebrating five years of providing impeccable accommodations and exceptional service to travelers, two Montreal Airport Hotels, both by Marriott, are not only celebrating their individual accomplishments, but their shared passion for customer satisfaction.

August 2011 marked the five-year anniversary for both the Marriott's Residence Inn and Courtyard Montreal Airport Hotels. Providing stylish airport lodging, these hotels are connected so guests can enjoy perfectly detailed accommodations and the convenience of added amenities. While Courtyard guests are pampered with spacious and well-appointed guest rooms that offer comfort and functionality, travelers staying at The Residence Inn enjoy roomy all-suite accommodations ideal for business executives, extended-stay travelers and families. Montreal travelers can enjoy amenities at both hotels including the shared Orville Restaurant for exciting International cuisine offered daily for breakfast lunch and dinner; and the YUL Bar Lounge, a great place for catching up with friends and relaxing at day's end with flavorful cocktails, light fare and large flat screen TVs.  Read More


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

San Diego Airport/Liberty Station Hotel Wins Four Awards

Sep 06, 2011 - IRVING, Texas - BUSINESS WIRE -- The Huntington Hotel Group, is proud to announce that the Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station won four prestigious awards at the annual Courtyard Conference. In addition to the hotel achieving Gold Circle and Silver Circle, Rick Brown, the hotel General Manager won Courtyard's 2010 General Manager of the Year and also Diamond General Manager of the year.

One of Rick's many strengths is his ability to lead his team by example with his drive to succeed and his relentless positive energy -- not to mention his ability to make his team laugh. Rick has an infectious smile that radiates from the inside out, and he uses his smarts and vitality to inspire his team to provide top-notch service to their guests. Read More.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Parking Lot Shuttle Buses Coming to Orlando International

September 7, 2011 - Orlando Sentinel -- Orlando International Airport has purchased six new shuttle buses that should make many of the trips from the airport’s Blue Lot long-term parking area to the terminal less congested.

The new buses, costing $130,000 apiece, are about the same size as the 11-year-old buses they’ll be replacing, but the seating is configured along the walls, rather than in rows, allowing for wider, more comfortable seats and more leg room. The luggage racks also will be slightly larger.

The buses, manufactured by Arboch of Joplin, Mo., also are equipped with TV screens that will rotate various airport-related customer service messages. Read More

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