Travel: The Word Is Soar

For years after it had become obvious that the airplane was here to stay, it seemed as though nobody on the ground believed it. U.S. airports in general were miserable places—drab and drafty sheds that looked as if they had been thrown together for processing prisoners of war. But no longer.

Stimulated by the replanning required for the big new jets and by federal allocations averaging $75 million a year, city after city has broken out a brand-new terminal during the past two or three years. A town without new airport construction on the ground or at least on...

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