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Tri-Cities Airport says 'guide' websites contain false information

From staff reports • May 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Tri-Cities Airport announced Wednesday it has discovered that its website and hundreds of other airport websites across the country are being partially copied onto airport “guide” websites.

These websites, according to Tri-Cities Airport, contain false and inaccurate information about the airports and their services. Many of them also appear to offer hotel booking, shuttle services, car rental and other services not directly associated with the airports. The websites use unauthorized images directly from the airports’ websites to make the guide appear legitimate.

“We urge passengers to be very cautious and to make sure they are on the actual airport website when searching for air travel information,” said Gene Cossey, Tri-Cities Airport Authority executive director. “Travelers should also be vigilant and only conduct travel-related business through the actual airport website, directly with the airlines, rental car companies, or through reputable third-party vendors.”

Organizations within airport communities have also received emails from these airport guide websites asking for the organization to link to their website.

The official website for Tri-Cities Airport is triflight.com. The only third-party vendor on the triflight.com website is airline booking engine OnPeak. Allegiant is currently the only advertiser on triflight.com.

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