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Climate change lands at the airport

Planners now have to think of sea level rises and heat waves, which push limits of airport infrastructure

A study this year in the journal Climatic Change, based on modelling for 19 major airports, found that 10 to 30 per cent of annual flights departing at the hottest time of the day could require weight restrictions by the middle or end of this century.

Hong Kong

AIRPORTS are a major global business, part of an industry that by one estimate transports the equivalent of nearly half the world's population in a single year.

But the world's airports were largely designed for an older era - a cooler one.

Many were built near...

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