AIRPORT PRIVATIZATION HAS SPREAD RAPIDLY throughout the world since Margaret Thatcher's UK government sold off airports operator BAA in 1987, with one glaring exception: The US. Major airports in the world's largest air transport market are not viewed, as they increasingly are in much of Europe and Asia, as for-profit, self-sustaining businesses. Rather, Americans largely perceive airports as public utilities, much like libraries and motor vehicle administrations, that should be owned and ...

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