USA invests to update ageing hub airports

Airports are among biggest public work projects in US

While international hubs such as Singapore’s Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport or Frankfurt Airport do well in customer service surveys, those in the United States consistently fail to impress. The consulting firm Skytrax said recently that six of the 10 best airports in 2012 are in Asia, with three in Europe and one in Canada. But US airports are now benefiting from some of that country’s biggest infrastructure investment projects. Airports are among the largest public work projects in the USA.
Billions of dollars are being spent on upgrading New York’s three major airports and the international gateways in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Chicago, improving aging terminals built in the jet age of the 1960s and 1970s, adding runways, updating food and parking areas, and allowing airports to cope with ever-bigger aircraft.
Most airports in the US are owned by local authorities, but they usually use their own revenues to finance investments, allowing them to bypass the current public mood to rein in spending.
The New York Times
[pictured: Terminals 6 and 7 at JFK International, New York]


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