How to Start a Business at the Airport

by Julia Forneris; Updated September 26, 2017

Our world is becoming increasingly connected, with air travel being an important component. Busy airports can present a business opportunity for the right entrepreneur. One such prospect might take the form of an airport store. With all the airports and travelers, this offers a chance for your business to gain national and even international exposure and clientele. Available ventures depends on your interest, skill and location.

Step 1

Research the airport in which you would like to launch your business and then research other airports. Find out what is already in place so that you don’t face stiff competition in a somewhat condensed locale. You benefit from looking at other airports, by seeing what they have, including niche stores. You can also interview store owners in other airports, who may be willing to share tips since you most likely wouldn’t be direct competition.

Step 2

Decide what type of store you’d like to operate, and consider your skills and interests. Beginning a business venture will require a good amount of time and work, so you’ll need to be vested in it. Some common airport businesses are kiosks, restaurants, bookstores and retails stores. These stores are often franchised, requiring a lot of thought.

Step 3

Opening your own kiosk gives you the freedom to set your own hours and rules. You have advantages to owning a franchise, particularly in an airport. In addition to having the business model in place, you’ll have name recognition. In airports with international travelers, this may prove especially beneficial, as they may already have heard of your store.

Step 4

Look into the locations within the airport that might be available to you. Some areas lend themselves to certain businesses more than others. For example, having a restaurant or coffee shop directly outside the waiting terminal may be advantageous. You would get customers who are waiting for arrivals as well as departures.

About the Author

Julia Forneris has been a writer and editor since 2002. Her work has appeared in economics magazines such as "Region Focus" and on various websites. The editor of Scratch That! Editorial, Forneris holds a Master of Arts in literature from Virginia Commonwealth University.