Airlines take early action in response to Winter Storm Niko | Baltimore airport to get $60 million expansion of international terminal | Air Canada to connect Toronto, Jacksonville, Fla.
February 9, 2017
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Airlines take early action in response to Winter Storm Niko
Winter Storm Niko is bringing six to 12 inches of snow to the Northeast, prompting airlines such as JetBlue, American, Hawaiian and United to act early. Airlines are pre-emptively working to accommodate affected customers and offering complimentary change waivers.
Conde Nast Traveler (2/2017),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Honolulu (2/8),  USA Today (2/9) 
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Baltimore airport to get $60 million expansion of international terminal
A $60 million expansion of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's international terminal is slated to begin this spring. The project will add a three-level, 70,000-square-foot extension to Concourse E that includes six new gates.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/8) 
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Alaska Airlines launches "Wine Flies Free" from Calif.'s Sonoma Valley
Alaska Airlines' "Wine Flies Free" program offers complimentary shipping of one case of wine for its passengers traveling between San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Seattle. The program will launch this spring.
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (2/7) 
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Minn. airport to install automated security lanes
Experts: Attack on an airline or airport could affect US economy
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Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will purchase automated security lanes that could increase passenger screening capacity by 40%. The $1.6 million system will feature automatic bin dispensers and conveyors, and is expected to be in place for the summer travel season.
Bristol Herald Courier (Va.)/The Associated Press (2/7) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Travelers can exercise, rent a sleeping room at Las Vegas airport
ZEROlevel Fitness and Wellness is a company that offers amenities at McCarran International Airport including a spa, a gym and private sleeping rooms. The facility opened in 2014 and has been primarily used by airline employees looking to rest during layovers.
TravelPulse (2/7) 
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Hotel pillow options for better sleep
Hotel pillow options for better sleep
Some hotels are now offering a menu of pillow options so each guest can choose bedding that suits them best and gives them the best night's sleep. Ritz-Carlton, Conrad and Leela are among the hotel chains offering specialized pillow selections.
The Toronto Star (2/8) 
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Connection and belonging
Our new world is not so much about the evolution of technology. Rather, says Rachel Botsman, the future is about trust, and that is particularly impactful for the meeting and event industry as that trust can lead to meaningful connections.
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