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Why Build Airports In Challenging Areas?

Sun May 15, 2005 1:48 am

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.

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RE: Why Build Airports In Challenging Areas?

Sun May 15, 2005 2:13 am

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.
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RE: Why Build Airports In Challenging Areas?

Sun May 15, 2005 3:07 am

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.
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