Building Boom at U.S. Airports

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/b...takes-hold-at-us-airports.html?pagewanted=all

    With air travel continuing to decline, why is this being done? Is it because of hopes that nicer facilities will bring more passengers? If that's the thought, methinks the airport authorities are wrong.
     
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Yep. They need extra room for all the strip-search machines. As we've discussed before -- and as Bill Fisher has actually quantified in dollars and cents -- the scanners take up space. Boondoggle heaven!
     
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    However, this construction is all-around, not just for enlarging checkpoints. It also includes

    What growing demand?
     
  4. That is weird. The new terminal in Las Vegas "to attract more international visitors," for example. I can't imagine anyone planning a trip to Vegas for the airport. Or, dreaming about a wild week in Vegas and then going, "forget it, the airport is just too inconvenient." It really sounds like the kind of thing they do in third world dictatorships when they've alienated the rest of the world -- build something shiny in hopes of getting people to come see it.

    I wonder if some of these are stimulus projects? Not all the funding is detailed in its sourcing.
     
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Hauling cargo, perhaps? It's much more lucrative than the self-loading cargo that hangs out on the passenger deck.

    Also I'd expect many airports will need to overhaul their runways & other infrastructure to fully support RNP. The long term benefit from RNP (aside from packing more planes into the same airspace) is substantial fuel savings across the portion of the industry that is RNP-compliant.
     

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