– First, most U.S. airports are among the oldest in the world, with many facilities dating back to the 1960s.
– Second, the majority of U.S. airport infrastructure is geared toward domestic travel. There is a huge disparity in the cost/revenue structure between domestic travel and international travel, and it shows in the facilities that serve them.
– Third, most of the world’s best airports are owned and operated by national governments…Airports in the U.S. are owned and operated by a patchwork quilt of city, county, and state governments.
– Finally, numerous international gateways in the U.S,…results in a lack of national pride and focus on international facilities in the U.S.