US FAA administrator Marion Blakey has stressed that while spending on security is critical, the country must continue to invest in new technology and to build new runways. "There can be no compromise on security," she says. "At the same time we can't cannibalise our capital budgets. When it comes to meeting future capacity, there is no doubt that additional runways play a key role." Blakey projected a 25% or more growth in US air transport demand by 2010. She notes that new runways need to be supported by new technology. "As we redesign 60-year-old airspace, we will need procedures and enabling technology to support the maximum utilisation of runways," she says.

Source: Airline Business