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Aspen airport cafe sees greater profits after security area expansion

Mar 2, 2016

Cafe sales are up at the Aspen airport, in the passenger lounge beyond security.
Credit Elise Thatcher

It’s been a little trickier getting around the Aspen Pitkin County Airport, ever since officials expanded the secure passenger lounge. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the change has also prompted a big bump for one business inside the airport.

There’s more space for travelers after they’ve gone through security screening and are waiting for a flight. That’s also changed what eating options are available and boosting sales. “One of the places that airports make a lot of money is the concessions,” said Airport Director John Kinney on Wednesday. ”[Travelers] now have complete access to a full service restaurant. I thought the revenues would go up fourfold, [but] they’ve gone up over tenfold.”

Another result of the new security parameters is passengers departing and arriving are more strictly separated, requiring two separate entrances to the building.