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November 24, 2014
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Americas: The Future of U.S. Airports—“Thanksgiving Every Day”


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The U.S. Travel Association calls it the “annual stress test” for airports. It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and if you’re a traveler who avoids these peak travel days at all costs, you might want to stop reading now.

That’s because an updated report commissioned by U.S. Travel shows that unless U.S. airport infrastructure and air traffic control systems are modernized, we’re going to start experiencing Thanksgiving-like congestion every day. The report even predicts that two airports—Chicago Midway and Las Vegas—will face this in 2015. That's only two months from now.

“The already bad news has gotten worse since last year,” said U.S. Travel CEO Roger Dow during a press conference, referencing the “Thanksgiving” study conducted in 2013, which was updated for this year. (According to the analysis, conducted by Cambridge Systematics, passenger volumes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving are between 108 and 259 percent higher than on the average day.)

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