Thickening of Traffic at Air Terminals
Americans in ever-increasing numbers are taking to the airways on scheduled airliners, private business planes, and pleasure and training craft. The rapid growth of air passenger travel has placed heavy strain on ground and terminal facilities and dangerously increased congestion in the air over major cities. Alan S. Boyd, former chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board who has been named Secretary of the new Department of Transportation, told the Senate Commerce Committee on Jan. 11 that the country was “approaching a crisis stage” in the problem of airport congestion. Boyd added that he expected the administration to develop a major program to deal with the effects of this mounting accumulation of air traffic.