TOURISM & LEISURE

L.A. Airport Board Approves Lease Agreements for Consolidated Car Rental Facility

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Aug. 16 approved lease agreements of up to 25 years with seven major car rental companies operating near Los Angeles International Airport to move into a consolidated car rental facility east of the airport when it is slated to open in 2023.

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Swissport International to Lay Off 830 Employees at LAX

Swissport International plans to close its ground handling and transportation operations at Los Angeles International Airport and lay off about 830 people, the Zurich, Switzerland-based company said in a letter to the state’s Employment Development Department.

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Strand Equity Invests in Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Brand

Private Equity firm, Strand Equity Partners closed a minority investment in Brooklyn-based vegan ice-cream brand, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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FAA Announces Infrastructure Grants to Local Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 announced grants for infrastructure improvements at two local airports, Los Angeles International Airport and Ontario International Airport.

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Meat Processor Pleads Guilty to Misbranding Beef, Pork and Poultry

A Maywood-based meat processor and two officials have pleaded guilty to selling beef, pork and poultry to Southern California grocery chains while bearing bogus USDA inspection marks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

LAX Passenger Traffic Up 3.7 Percent in June, 5.1 Percent Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 3.7 percent in June compared to last year and was up 5.1 percent for the first half of this year, according to figures released July 26 by airport officials.

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Chef’d Assets Bought By Competitor

Chef’d, the meal-kit delivery company which suddenly shut down business operations recently found a buyer of its assets in competitor True Food Innovations. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Airport Traffic Up in Long Beach, Ontario

Double-digits growth in June, year-to-date

Passenger traffic at both Long Beach and Ontario International airports rose by double-digit percentages in both June and for the first half of 2018, according to statistics released July 24 by officials at both airports.

Chef’d Shuts Down Operations

El Segundo-based meal kit delivery company Chef’d abruptly closed business operations on Monday July 16.

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Airport Authority Taps Glendale Mayor to Chair

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority elected Zareh Sinanyan as its new president for the coming year.

Tender Greens Names New CEO

Culver City-based Tender Greens announced July 12 that company president Denyelle Bruno will take on the role of chief executive effective immediately.

Swinerton Lands $209M Contract for New LAX Parking Structure

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on July 11 voted to award a $209 million contract for a new parking structure near Los Angeles International Airport to Swinerton Builders, airport officials announced.

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UPDATE: Legal Challenge to Agreement to Close Santa Monica Airport Dismissed

A local pilot’s legal challenge to the agreement the city of Santa Monica reached to close Santa Monica Airport has been dismissed, the city announced July 11.

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Warner Bros. Proposes $100M Aerial Tram to Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. Entertainment is proposing a $100 million aerial tram to take visitors to the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park.

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IHOP Ends IHOb Campaign

Last month, IHOP — whose full name is the International House of Pancakes — “flipped” its name to IHOb as part of a marketing campaign to introduce a new line of burgers. After less than a month, the restaurant announced Monday on Twitter that it has changed its name back to IHOP.