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High Speed Rail Has Basically Killed A Dozen Airports In South Korea

Here is why Americans will never have high speed rail (and the same thing has happened in Taiwan and Spain).

airportEleven of the 14 airports managed by the Korean Airports Corporation lost money in 2009 and 2008. Several are ghost airports with no regular flights. Still more developments were suspended and never completed.

High Speed Rail Has Basically Killed A Dozen Airports In South Korea.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

5 Responses

  1. Andrew in Ezo says:

    I would think the airlines would welcome the building of HSR lines on many routes (say between 300~500 mi in length), as it would relieve them of the burden of operating loss-making feeder routes, and allow them to concentrate on the more profitable long-haul routes. This is what is called a rational transportation policy.

  2. ernest fazio says:

    The fact that efficient rails systems reduce the need for airports is exactly the point. Air travel is dysfunctional, time consuming and inconvenient, and that makes them vulnerable to new and better transportation systems. Airports will still be required for long distance travel particularly where you need to cross an ocean, but the comfort and convenience of rail travel that is fast, is a pleasure to experience.
    The enormous amount of real estate that it takes to build an airport is another consideration. As city populations increase we need to expand airports to accommodate the travel needs of those people. Can we expand NY York’s LaGuardia Airport? How much bigger can we make JFK Airport? We will end up building airports that are further and further away from population centers. With rail we can move people from central city to central city with little or no additional real estate.

  3. LoboSolo says:

    S. Korea is about the size of the state of Indiana. You don’t need airport to airport nor do you need HSR in a country that is about 200 miles wide at it’s widest point and probably about 250-300 miles in length.

  4. Andrew In Ezo says:

    You didn’t take into consideration that South Korea has population 8 times more than Indiana. You expect everyone to drive everywhere??

  5. patlynch says:

    Yes, but Indianapolis could logically operate very successfully to Chicago. Or St. Louis, Cincinnati, or (perhaps) Cleveland. The Midwest states are uniquely well-suited to HSR and that is why airlines and highway interests are so fanatically against them.

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