Sunday, June 17, 2012

Airport upgrade update

Today's New York Times gives us an update on the airline transportion hubs being upgraded. Excerpt from Jan Mouawad's article:

Los Angeles International Airport's (view Los Angeles products) plans for a $1.5 billion international terminal will add 18 gates.
New York's three major airports (view New York products), as well as the airports in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta (view Atlanta products) and Chicago (view Chicago products), are spending billions of dollars. Many of the airports have aging terminals, some built in the 1960s and 1970s, that are ill suited to the bigger planes, bigger security lanes and bigger crowds of modern-day air travel. They are replacing or improving existing terminals, updating food concessions and parking garages, or adding runways to keep up with growing demand.

These investments are concentrated at the largest international gateways, where the growth of foreign travel has been fastest. Unlike international hub airports overseas, like Changi Airport in Singapore (view Singapore products), Hong Kong International Airport (view Hong Kong products) or Frankfurt Airport (view Frankfurt products), which consistently fare well in traveler surveys, airports in the United States receive low marks for customer service with more delays, more congestion and older amenities. Skytrax, a British consulting firm, found recently that six of the 10 best airports this year were in Asia, three in Europe, and one in Canada.

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