After three days digesting technical briefings and discussing serious topics, they must’ve needed a diversion. Airports Council International – North America used its annual conference in Atlanta Sept. 7-10 to unveil a new set of trading cards featuring 20 airports from throughout the region.
Much like a baseball trading card, each features an iconic photograph on the front along with the airport’ three-letter code. Instead of statistics like home runs or RBI, the back has useful information or noteworthy facts. The ATL card shows off its new international terminal, which opened in 2012.
USAToday reported last week that the idea started at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport when it began receiving calls from collectors interested in anything with the airport code on it.
ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin Burke said in a news release that the cards were a fun way to highlight the serious impact airports have on their metro areas.
“I am always encouraged when our members are eager to tell their stories and educate the public about the significant contributions they make to their local communities,” he said.
Mr. Burke said airports account for more than $1 trillion in economic output, or about 7 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.