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Old Jul 29, 19, 1:29 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Most countries have one or two major international airports. Some countries with a lot of air traffic have four or five. The US has well over 20 airports with scheduled international service -- in fact, it's close to 50, although many of them (e.g., ONT) don't exactly have a ton of connecting traffic.

I-I transfers are too small a part of the US traffic profile for airports to want to invest in ways to make them work (e.g., international-only terminals).
I suppose it also has to do with lack of exit immigration in the US, hence no sterile area for departures. Most small international airports simply have a passage-way from arrival to the sterile departures area, not a major infrastructure need, but since there is no sterile departures area in the US this affects it. Surely for a few major airports, especially JFK and MIA with the connecting traffic to South America, it would make sense, but then there's the additional issue that terminals and gates in the US belong to airlines so each airline would have to have their own arrangement for this, as opposed to a common terminal
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