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Study: U.S. airports full by 2020
研究表明,美国民用机场运力于2020年饱和

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Monday, March 29, 2004 Posted: 0541 GMT (1341 HKT)


WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than three dozen U.S. commercial airports will be unable to handle their air traffic by 2020 unless they are expanded, the Federal Aviation Administration says.
华盛顿----美国联邦航空局称,到2020年,超过三打美国商业机场将无力处理所有的航空业务,除非扩大规模。

☆ commercial airports 商业机场
     Federal Aviation Administration 缩写为FAA,美国联邦航空局
   

 

The FAA studied population growth, travel and income trends to determine airports' future needs. At least 43 airports will need to add capacity -- some more than once -- in the next 15 years.
FAA对人口增长、旅游及收入对未来航空业务的需求。在接下来的15年中,至少有43个机场需要增加运力,有些甚至需要多次增加。

☆ capacity  在此指机场的运力


Some will need it even sooner, the agency found. San Antonio, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona, are among the cities that will reach maximum capacity by 2013, when the number of air travelers is projected to have grown by about 50 percent, to 982 million.
FAA认为,一些机场需马上进行规模扩张。San Antonio, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona所在城市人口在2013年将达顶峰,在那时搭乘飞机旅行的人大约将增长50%,达9亿8千2百万人。

☆ project 预期


Expanding airports is not easy, especially in cities where they are located near dense neighborhoods.
对机场进行扩张并不是一件容易的事,尤其是在城市人口较密集区域。


Boston's Logan International Airport spent more than 30 years trying to overcome community opposition to a new runway.
波士顿Logan国际机场为了修建一条新的跑道,花了30年时间来消除公众的反对。

☆ runway 飞机跑道

The airport authority has surmounted most legal obstacles, but it has not started pouring concrete yet.
机场当局已经解决了法律上的障碍,但到目前为止仍未动工。

☆ pour concrete 浇铸混凝土,在此指动工。


Similarly, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport proposed a new runway in 1987. Opposition led to delay in the

project's scheduled completion to 2008 from 2001.

The study by FAA and its research center, run by The MITRE Corp., reviewed 300 airports in 300

metropolitan areas. Projections of air traffic growth were based on where people are likely to live, work and

vacation.

The report took into account such factors as the increasing popularity of leisure travel and the growth of

low-cost carriers.

It found five airports already are too crowded: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Newark

Liberty International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and

LaGuardia Airport in New York