Airport Renewal in the Time of Climate Change
It’s flying into a storm. Louis Armstrong International Airport is getting a $1 billion face-lift, smoothing the way for a growing New Orleans passenger base. But there’s a catch: Like Crescent City, it’s barely above sea level on a hurricane-prone coast. It’s America’s lowest airport among other water-hugging air hubs facing the challenge of climate change — exacerbated by jet exhaust — and rising sea levels. The End of Airports author and Big Easy denizen Christopher Schaberg wonders: Are these costly improvements doomed, along with the city they serve?