Work on airports seems to be going on everywhere with a major boom in upgrades and expansions at terminals around the nation.
With the average U.S. airport about 40 years old, the work is due. Most of the major upgrades currently going on are to terminal buildings, including major projects underway at LaGuardia in New York, and LAX in Los Angeles. A large upgrade project is also in the planning stages at John F. Kennedy in New York.
Achitectural Record reported earlier this month that the nation’s airports will spend an estimated $70 billion on upgrades over the next three years.
American Airlines recently completed a concourse expansion that added five new gates at O’Hare in Chicago, considered the first step of a huge nearly $9 billion expansion plan at the suburban airport. Mineta San Jose International is in the midst of a major upgrade, Alaska Airlines is expanding a terminal at Sea-Tac International near Seattle, and ramp upgrades are being done at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport because of huge growth in traffic. Officials in Charlotte, N.C. want to expand two concourses and build a new runway, if they can acquire the land.
One completely new major airport terminal is under construction, in Kansas City. There, Kansas City International is building a new single terminal, also to acommodate growing demand for more flights.
The last completely new major airport to be built in North America was Denver International, which opened in 1995. A small commercial airport, Panama City’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, opened in 2010, but serves only a few airlines and has no international flights.