Airports Looking to Increase Alcohol Sales
Alcohol has rarely been in short supply at airports, but some cash-strapped local governments are taking steps to open the taps further.
Chicago's Department of Aviation last week agreed to allow bars at O'Hare and Midway to stay open up to 24 hours a day and authorized licenses for as many as 17 stationary pushcarts to sell beer and wine around the clock.
The county that owns the Las Vegas airport this week approved a plan to open a liquor store in the baggage claim area. And wine bars, which recently landed at airports, are in expansion mode.
Alderman Gene Schulter, chairman of the Chicago City Council's committee on license and consumer protection, said the new policies would raise revenue for the city while helping O'Hare and Midway "be competitive" with other airports world-wide.
Airports have been working for years to upgrade dining and shopping venues to capture more money from travelers. Increasing alcohol sales is part of that effort, which provides jobs, helps airports keep airline fees down, and generates sales taxes.
According to trade publication Airport Revenue News, food and beverage sales at the busiest 50 North American airports was $3.29 billion last year, down 1.2% from 2008; but spending per passenger edged up 0.8%.
Clark County, Nev., which operates McCarran International in Las Vegas, is hoping to boost that figure. The county approved a plan to negotiate with a local firm to build a 1,200-square-foot liquor store inside baggage claim. The store could open early next year and bring $400,000 in new annual revenue to the airport, said Randall Walker, Clark County Director of Aviation.
Local law prohibits consumption of alcohol within 1,000 feet of a liquor store, which should discourage travelers from opening their purchases before leaving, Mr. Walker said. The shop is intended to serve arriving passengers.
Meanwhile, sales of wine inside the secured areas at airports also are growing. Vino Volo, a San Francisco airport wine-bar chain that opened its first shop in 2005, plans to add its 14th location this month and hopes to have 50 in three to five years. Vino Volo, which means "wine flight" in Italian, offers meals and wine-tastings and sells bottles to go from most of its locations.
Big airport concessionaire HMSHost has opened retail stores at two California airports that sell bottled local wines in recent years. It also operates wine bars that sell bottles in several airports and has plans to open more.
Chicago's plan to extend liquor sales at O'Hare and Midway is meant mainly to raise revenue for the city, which faces a $655 million budget shortfall.
But it also will provide "an additional amenity for the passengers," said a spokeswoman for the Department of Aviation.
Most bars in Chicago close at 2 a.m., but those at the two airports typically shut down between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Few flights depart after midnight, unless bad weather creates delays.
Given the small amount of late flights, it was unclear how much new revenue would be generated in taxes and fees from allowing the pushcarts and bar operations up to 24 hours a day, Mr. Schulter acknowledged. The pushcart licenses will cost $1,000 a year, compared with regular two-year liquor licenses that go for $4,400.
Carey, S. (2010). Airports Blend More Spirits Into The Mix. Wall Street Journal: Business. August 6, 2010
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