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International Air Traffic Underfunded by U.S., Study Says

The biggest U.S. international airports provide a powerful economic engine and should receive a greater share of government aid, a report said.

The number of international air passengers more than doubled to 163.7 million in 2011 from 75.5 million in 1990, according to a report published today by the Brookings Institution, a Washington public policy group. The increase was more than twice the growth in domestic passengers and far outpaced U.S. inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, the report said.