AIRPORTS FOR THE JET AGE-: The U.S. Is Far from Ready


With the jet air age expected to begin late next year, when the first 600-m.p.h. jet transports are delivered to domestic airlines, few U.S. cities will be ready to handle either the big planes or the flood of new travelers riding in them. During the twelve months ending last March, air traffic at a dozen leading U.S. airports jumped 19%; with jets that can carry up to 140 passengers, v. 90 for the biggest piston-engine plane, traffic volume will soon rise even faster. But most cities are still dragging their heels on airport-improvement plans. "Unless some...

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