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• Interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning noting that while virtually everything about the Wal-Mart culture is steeped in low prices, there is one exception – the cost of flying to the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, the paper notes, while it exists primarily for businesspeople to travel to and from Wal-Mart headquarters, also features “some of the most expensive airfares in the U.S.”

However, that could change.

“Northwest Arkansas Regional officials are drafting a $20 million expansion of the single-runway airport to accommodate its soaring passenger numbers and perhaps lure a discount carrier like Southwest or Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc.,” the Journal reports. “They plan to potentially quadruple the airport's gates to 12 via the expansion, which is tentatively planned to start next year. Packaging those new gates with recently added extra ticket counters and second baggage-claim area could entice a discounter to bring lower fares to Northwest Arkansas, airport officials say.”
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