Selden said the airport chose to extend the agreement and reduce the rent, rather than have the duty-free stores close for a year or more while the contract is rebid and lose $10.5 million a year in rent.
The city council on Monday voted 11-4 in favor of reducing the rent and 13-2 in favor of the lease extension.
“We’re disappointed,” said Bo Delp, a Unite Here organizer. “This is the first step for the airport in a very long process of deciding who is going to do business at this airport, and the reality is that that process must be open and fair and transparent. And we are going to continue to hold those decision makers accountable as that process continues.”