Airports, Airlines Take 15 Minutes to Brainstorm

Sunday, Mar 1, 2009  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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Airports, Airlines Take 15 Minutes to Brainstorm

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Executives from airports and airlines from all over were in North Texas on Sunday to brainstorm ways to drum up business.

Airport representatives met with airlines in a series of one-on-one, speed dating-like meetings.

Domestic flights in United States are way down because of the economy, said Ken Capps, a spokesman for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

He said airports are hoping Sunday's 15-minute meetings will help them expand business.

"What they are trying to do is a find a link, a new flight, and when you do that either here at DFW or anywhere in the U.S., you're connecting people, you're bringing money into the economy and adding jobs," Capps said.

Capps said adding even one flight can add millions to the local economy.

But it could months or even years before airlines and airports actually add flights or agree on a business venture, Capps said.

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