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Almost $1 Billion in Federal Aid to Modernize Airports on a Wave of Record Demand for Air Travel

Mar 13, 2024 | News

Good news for airports and passengers in the United States: the US Department of Transportation announced on February 15 that it will give out nearly $1 billion for airport infrastructure projects as part of an effort to modernize US airports. 

“We’re living through an unprecedented round of investment and improvements in all forms of our country’s infrastructure,” said Pete Buttigieg, the US Secretary of Transportation. 

A majority of the funding, $970 million, will be used to create wider concourses, more efficient baggage systems and additional gates at 114 airports across the country. According to Buttigieg, these projects will save Americans time and money while they’re traveling.  

These infrastructure improvements come at a good time for airports and passengers, as International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects that around 4.7 billion people are expected to travel in 2024, a record high that exceeds the pre-pandemic level of 4.5 billion recorded in 2019. As more travelers take to the skies and the market continues to see growth, airports will need to be ready to handle an influx of passengers who need places to eat, wait for their flights, and walk between concourses. 

How can airlines prepare for increased travel demand?

As travel demand increases, airlines will need to be ready to support more passengers. TA Connections provides seamless integration with your existing communication systems to simplify travel logistics for passengers and crews. 

  • TA Disruption Hub: Our proactive disruption management system proactively monitors passenger itineraries and flight operations to identify and treat disruption events. Once the disruption is identified, TA Disruption Hub creates a personalized resolution plan that could include reticketing on new flights and hotel and transportation reservations, then communicates directly with passengers. As travel increases, airlines can trust the TA Disruption Hub to support passengers and improve customer service during disruptions. 

  • TA Airport: When airports are under construction, airlines can still provide reliable service to passengers with TA Airport. TA Airport creates a digital and mobile airport operation to reduce your reliance on airport infrastructure, facilitating digital and contactless touchpoints to grow ancillary revenue and improve passenger service. With TA Airport, airlines can even add off-airport mobile check-in and bag drop at a cruise ship or hotel. 

You can transform your aviation operations as travel demand increases. Speak to a solutions expert today to learn how TA Connections supports airlines around the world.