A new research report shows that international air travel to and from the US increased from 75 million passengers in 1990 to 163 million in 2011. This has more than doubled – despite facing serious obstacles.
The Brookings Institution report also says 96 percent of US passengers traveling internationally came from the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country.
Based on this, the report called for ‘rebalancing’ the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program grants for the airports in the metropolitan areas. At present, most grants go to smaller airports with fewer passengers.