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Studies Project Gridlock At U.S. Airports Within 10 Years

Excerpt from New York Times

Dec 11, 2013 2:00 pm

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Improvements at U.S. airports to attack infrastructure problems aren’t going to come for free. U.S. Travel would favor increasing the airport passenger facility charge to $8.50, up from the current $4.50. Well, at least this fee would go toward improving facilities that travelers actually use. On the other hand, the Global Business Travel Association opposes a proposed hike in the 9/11 Aviation Security Fee, arguing that travelers wouldn’t feel the benefit. An interesting, yet logical, dichotomy.

— Dennis Schaal

Evolving Strategies in Travel Ad Tech and Bookings

Air travel infrastructure in the United States is in such bad shape that the average day at the nation’s airports might resemble the busiest travel days of the year at nearly all of the top 50 American airports within the decade, according to two new studies.

The studies, recently released by the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group, and the Eno Center for Transportation, a think tank, arrived at a similar conclusion: Many United States airports are already operating at or near capacity, and current air travel growth trajectories threaten to overwhelm the nation’s aviation infrastructure and harm the United States economy.

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