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Why Build Airports In Challenging Areas?  
User currently offlineFlymusic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

This is a question that has always been on my mind. Why build airports in challenging areas such as in between mountains or close to buildings?    Could it be that there was no where else to build, or it was cheaper to build? And when I refer to "challenging" it's for example the old Hkg airport, Inn,Gua,Tgu,Sxm, etc.

[Edited 2005-05-14 18:59:17]

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User currently offlineJFernandez From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Well, it depends on the place, no?

On small islands, you've got to play the hand you are dealt, so to speak. SXM just happens to be a good example of this, they built the airport the only place they could.

You don't build challenging airports for fun, you do it because there is a need, and you can safely get it done.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17653 posts, RR: 65
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Kai Tak was built there because there really wasn't any other place.

In other cases, the buildings came about after the airport.

Normal economics apply. The return has to be greater than x (as defined by the investor). So an airport is built in a challenging spot if the added expense is balanced by added revenue.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
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