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2008 News in Brief



Flexible airport design essential for courting low-cost airlines, the new major players

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Leading low-cost airlines with a preference for small, inexpensive airports are now the largest airlines in the United States and Europe, according to Professor Richard de Neufville, an expert on airport design and operations, who said that airport planners in major metropolitan areas need to accept this paradigm shift and build flexibility into airport design. Low-cost airlines require terminals about half the size of those of the legacy airlines, because they use space more intensively. Read more.