A lack of proper investment and rising passenger numbers left US airports close to and even exceeding capacity while ageing terminal buildings caused security slowdowns, chock-a-block check-in desks and hold-up headaches. In the first of two instalments, Chris Sloan details the ongoing work to make America’s airports great again
Whenever you think of a world-class airport development, names like Beijing/Daxing, Istanbul, and even the troubled Berlin/ Brandenburg come to mind. Perversely, the home of the most profitable, busiest and innovative aviation sector of any single country in the world – the United States – hasn’t been synonymous with class-leading airports. On the contrary, a lack of airport infrastructure investment has led to outdated and under-capacity facilities that have hardly kept pace with their peers in other parts of the world.