Aviation: Speeding Up Air Travel

The faster airliners fly, the longer it takes short-hop passengers to reach their destinations. More speed, more traffic, more noise and ever bigger planes — all this means that airports must be moved farther and farther from the cities that passengers are trying to reach. As a re sult, estimates U.S. Aviation Consultant Laszlo Boszormenyi, a New Yorker fly ing to Washington in a short-range jet now actually averages only 79 m.p.h. midcity to midcity. On the Chicago-Detroit run, the pace drops to 66 m.p.h.

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