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New York's three major airports recently revised upward their traffic predictions for 2005 and now expect 200 million passengers this year--an increase in numbers over last year of more than 6% overall. Kennedy anticipates a 9% rise in traffic this year, La Guardia 6% growth and Newark 3.5%. However, PANYNJ Director Kenneth Ringler pointed out: "We can't meet future growth by simply adding flights because our airways are already congested." The traffic forecast out to 2015 for the US airport system as a whole is now one billion passengers.

Recently, Norman Mineta, US Secretary of Transportation, remarked: "Demands on our aviation system are increasing at a dizzying pace ... the pressure is on to transform our system to handle the growing and changing air traffic that lies ahead."

It is certainly refreshing to hear that tackling growth is the issue foremost in the minds of New York airport authority executives. Clearly, the way ahead will involve balancing the twin issues of growth and the environment with the more immediate concerns of ongoing improvements to customer service and the security experience. Many challenges still lie ahead for the industry in the US and one has to hope that in tackling these, its city mayors do not lose sight of the bigger picture. Congratulations go to our questionnaire winner Anthony Rohead who works for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Canberra, Australia. He wins a Fortis watch. We would like to thank all those that took time out to complete the survey.

Chris Penney Deputy Editor
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Author:Penney, Chris
Publication:Airports International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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