QUESTION TYPE: Strengthen/Paradox
FACTS: Airports are expanding their passenger terminal facilities. Yet air traffic is down and won’t be up for at least five years. Airport expansion is a good idea only when traffic is increasing.
ANALYSIS: We need to show a benefit from expansion. Most of the wrong answers actually weaken the idea that expansion is smart.
- This is actually irrelevant: we’re only told that traffic is declining. The economy isn’t mentioned. In any case a declining economy would make it even dumber to expand, since it would increase the costs of financing.
- CORRECT. It’s currently the most convenient time to expand. And by the time the expansions are done traffic may start to increase again.
- Presumably this will cause fewer people to travel. It weakens the argument for expansion.
- If airlines don’t need new capacity then it isn’t clear why they should expand.
- A decline in passenger travel doesn’t help us conclude that airports should expand.
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