October passenger traffic and capacity each grew 6.3% compared with last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Load factor for the month was 81.1%, the same as in Oct. 2017.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced grant funding for 26 airports in 23 counties across the state to upgrade their infrastructure and equipment. "With more than 400 airports across the state, this support from my administration helps keep aviation a viable transportation alternative and adds to our economy as well," Wolf says.
American Airlines has appointed Steven Graves as vice president for enterprise technology services. Graves joined the airline earlier this year as managing director of enterprise infrastructure services.
Workers at the FedEx distribution center in the Bronx, N.Y., are working extra hard to get packages into customers' hands in time for the holidays. "We're here longer hours, but that doesn't bother me because we're just Santa's little helpers," says FedEx employee Rosemary Carty.
Marriott, Hyatt and other hotel companies are seeing new revenue streams from adding activities to lodging bookings. "These tours, activities and attractions, which have always been there, have suddenly got a little bit of a rebrand because it is kind of the last area of travel that has yet to be fully digitized," said Caroline Bremner of Euromonitor International.
The NFL's Seattle Seahawks have signed a partnership deal with tribal Snoqualmie Casino in Washington. The casino has been a team sponsor since 2008 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Officials in Greece debated an amendment this week that would establish terms for casino operations. The new regulations would create a single-entry license tier for gaming operations tied to four-star hotels and a wide-range casino license that would require five-star hotel accommodations and at least one nongaming attraction.
Microgaming's online poker offering is coming to Bulgaria, thanks to a deal with National Lottery AD. The company will provide poker content for the 7777.bg brand, including a range of tournament and cash games.
Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment will open a Paramount Pictures-branded theme park at its upcoming casino resort in South Korea. The first phase of Inspire Integrated Entertainment Resort is scheduled to open in 2022 and will feature 1,250 hotel rooms, a foreigner-only casino, a concert and sports arena and retail.