Need for Better Airports

Big airport projects are important for four reasons, said Bernie Markstein, U.S. chief economist for Reed Construction Data.

“First, when they are an expansion of landing spots/available gates, which most large projects include, they represent a response to demand for air travel to that city,” Markstein said. “This is an indication of an expanding, vibrant local economy.”

Secondly, when airport expansion enables more flights, “it helps attract more companies and tourists since it is easier for people to travel to and from that location,”
US Airways now offers more flights in Charlotte — currently it has 645 daily departures — “the business community can attract more and more companies, and once more companies come, we can (offer) more flights.”

Airport projects also enhance construction spending, which much of the money flowing directly to the community as “workers spend their wages and local companies are paid for building materials.” Additionally.

Even if the project doesn’t expand the size of the airport, having a modern, architecturally beautiful airport with efficient means of moving people, their luggage, and packages has a big impact on the impression that city makes on various people from business travelers to tourists.

“The airport is often the first impression a traveler has of a city – and first impressions count !

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Michael Lee
Managing Director Asianet Consultants (HK) Ltd.

Michael is a Managing Director of Asianet Consultants (HK) Ltd. a long term partner of ADK International.  Asianet is a specialist executive search and talent acquisition which was first established in 1988 and has been closely working with ADK on a number of cross border assignments. He specializes in C-level leadership search and strategic talent acquisition for the high tech manufacturing, automotive and supply chain industry having served various Global Multinational firms in the Asian region.  Originally from Korea, he has worked in USA, Korea & Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Korean & English. He holds a double major Degree in Business Administration in Marketing and Management of Organization from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  Prior to joining Asianet Consultants, he worked in a boutique executive search firm setting up the automotive division and assisting with the FMCG industry in the Asia Pacific Region.

He is a member of various chambers in the region, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK), and the China Supply Chain Council.  He is a member of the Institute of Directors in HK.  He is a committee member of the strategic relations and a judge at the Supply Chain Asia Forum Award (  He is a committee member of the China Italian Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Committee.