Halting America’s terminal decline

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

The framework of the building at Salt Lake City begins to take shape 
Salt Lake City International Airport

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 On the contrary, a lack of airport infrastructure investment has led to outdated and under-capacity facilities that have hardly kept pace with their peers in other parts of the world. 

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