Airport Business

FEB-MAR 2018

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February/March 2018 airportbusiness 9 INDUSTRY UPDATE than 30 percent of the airport's electricity. It is the largest on-airport solar facility in California. Projected cost savings from the project are an average of $850,000 annually throughout the 25-year term of the agreement. The 7.9 megawatt solar farm consists of a 15-acre east site on Aviation Drive and a 20-acre site north of the runway. The facili- ty is comprised of more than 23,000 LG solar panels mounted on NEXTracker racking that tracks the sun's path from east to west over the course of the day, maximizing efficiency and energy production. LARGEST DUTY-FREE STORE IN WESTERN HEMISPHERE OPENS AT DFW CBI Ret a i l Vent u res u nvei le d t he new 19,000-square-foot, two-level TRG Duty Free inside Dallas Fort Worth International Airport's (DFW) Terminal D. The new TRG Duty Free is also the largest and one of the most advanced duty-free store in the Western Hemisphere. T R G D ut y Free opened-to-the-public on Dec. 20, with a celebratory event featuring exclusive tours and appearances from DFW's senior leader- ship team. The new state-of-the-art TRG Duty Free offers DFW travelers a unique experience in experiential shopping environment that works to integrates world-class retail, exclusive high- end local brands, VIP concierge services, cutting-edge technology and also including world-renowned art all in one location. SPRINGFIELD-BRANSON NATIONAL AIRPORT ANNOUNCES NEW IMPROVEMENTS With yearly passenger numbers expected to soon reach 1 million per year, improvements include expand- ing and remodel- ing the restaurant in the gate area, adding charging s t a t i o n s , a n d upg rad i ng t he free Wi-Fi. These are the first major improve- ments to the airline terminal since it opened in 2009. Customer seating at the restaurant is in short supply on a regular basis, with wait lines often spilling into the concourse. The size of the restaurant will expand by over 50 percent to help with the overcrowding. PUBLISHER'S NOTE I recently went with my family to Disney World for a fun-filled vacation. Of course I travel all the time but this was the first time that my kids were getting to travel. It put going to the airport in a different perspective for me. As a business traveler at the airport I almost go into an automatic mode where I just know what I am required to do. With kids, the rules change but they don't tell you those rules in advance which could cause confusion and line back-ups. Now my kids are old enough that I didn't have a stroller and their carry on was a small backpack strictly for electronics on the plane, so my situation went relatively smoothly…but it got me to think. How is it that with all the streamlining of processes we missed the one about parents traveling with small children and the vast amount of accessories that comes with a small child, add more items for every child and it could seem daunting to even attempt air travel with kids at all. What is the solution? I don't know, but I am sure there is one out there. What are you doing to streamline processes at your airport? As always, thank you for reading. Build Your Facilities with Families in Mind Missy Zingsheim Publisher

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