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Business Report: Record Air Travel In San Diego

Megan Wood
An airplane flying over Bankers Hill before landing at San Diego International Airport, Nov. 18, 2016.

KPBS anchor Ebone Monet and SDSU marketing lecturer Miro Copic discuss some of the week’s top business stories.

This week’s topics:

Air travel continues to soar in San Diego


San Diego International Airport reported its fifth consecutive year of record passenger traffic in 2018. Part of the reason for the boost is the airport's recent work to increase capacity. Also this week, Southwest Airlines was granted approval to begin offering direct flights to Hawaii from several California cities, including San Diego.

RELATED: San Diego Airport Touts 2018 A Good Year For Major Projects

Qualcomm rolls out 5G plan for 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Qualcomm when it comes to 5G technology. The San Diego company showcased its latest innovations this week at the Mobile World Congress, one of the industry’s marquee events of the year. Much of Qualcomm’s future success will rely on how other companies integrate its technology in the next generation of mobile communications.

Weight Watchers looks to Oprah to rebound


Stock for WW, the company previously known as Weight Watchers, suffered a sharp decline this week. Industry analysts say part of the company’s downturn is due to last year’s rebranding. The company will rely on Oprah Winfrey to be the face of a new ad campaign set to air this spring. Winfrey also owns a stake in the company.

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