The rise and expansion of air traffic is causing many changes. Many people commute for business reasons, and there has recently been a large increase in the air cargo business. Food items produced in one place, for example, tropical fruit, may have to be transported quickly for sale in another. In addition, the growth in Internet use has expanded e-commerce, and customers who order items online expect delivery right away.
As a result, airports and the surrounding areas have grown tremendously. Many companies are building warehouses near runways, and high-tech firms are setting up offices that are convenient for airline commuters. Other new airport buildings include entertainment and sports facilities. Some “aerotropoli”, as these new airport cities have been called, even include housing. Despite the noise and pollution, developers are quickly building homes to house the increasing number of workers dependent on airports.
Even without the adjacent businesses, airports themselves are growing. To meet the needs of workers and travellers, airports are expanding their services. Not only has shopping become more attractive and competitive, but some airports display works of art, and the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport even offers wine tasting.
The idea of building aerotropoli is now spreading beyond the USA, and there are plans to build them in France, Brazil, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Wouldn’t it be nice if, while you wait for your next flight, you could sit in a rocking chair (as in Boston Logan International Airport, Massachusetts) and listen to live music (as in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Texas)?
READING COMPREHENSIONAdd TRUE or FALSE and copy the evidence from the text to support your answer.
1. Many people have to travel as part of their work.
3. People don’t live in “aerotropoli”.
- TRUE (paragraph 3) “high-tech firms are setting up offices that are convenient for airline commuters.”
1. Write two words from the text that have the same diphthong sound as “five” .
(Underline the part of the word which contains the diphthong.)
3. Is the “-s-” pronounced /z/ or /s/ in “cities”?
- 1. idea 2. even 3. items
USE OF ENGLISHRewrite the following sentences starting with the words given.
1. Smoking is forbidden in airports.