The Idaho Falls Regional Airport served 155,277 departing passengers from October 2017 to September 2018, up 5% compared with the same period the year before. Airport director Rick Cloutier credits the increase to United Airlines' use of larger planes and schedule changes that allow passengers to make more connections to the East Coast.
Tennessee's Chattanooga Airport saw 44,000 enplanements in September, up 9% over September 2017 and a new single-month record. The airport will build a satellite parking lot to accommodate the increase in traffic, and construction of a new parking garage may begin next year.
Shantell "Princess" Pooser was inducted as an American Airlines flight attendant at her 17th birthday party, which was held at South Carolina's Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The teen has Down syndrome and a terminal illness that requires frequent flights to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
The FedEx World Hub in Memphis, Tenn., is already seeing an increase in packages as the holiday season approaches. The shipper is planning to hire 55,000 additional workers for the busy season, including 3,800 in Memphis.
JetBlue Airways on Feb. 14 will launch year-round, nonstop service between West Palm Beach, Fla., and T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, R.I.
Airlines flying ultra-long-haul routes of 8,000 miles or more are looking to keep their passengers comfortable for the more than 18-hour journey with gourmet meals, inflight wellness programs and larger seats with more legroom.
American Airlines entered a burger contest at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, pitting its first-class lounge offering against burgers from more than 30 other restaurants. The carrier ultimately lost to the New York Mets, but was praised for its "smart" entry into the burger battle by Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern.
A vintage Lockheed Constellation L-1649A Starliner will be refurbished for use as a bar in the forthcoming TWA Hotel at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Ben Stout, a volunteer pilot with Operation Airdrop who flew his personal plane on a dozen missions after Hurricane Florence, is preparing to take to the skies again. This time, he'll be bringing supplies to Florida communities in need of help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. "I feel like I have the resources and I can provide those to help other people," he said.