Beware of airport delays .

Ann Brown

During this busy travel season, airport construction nationwide may cause a few hassles. Knowing what spots to avoid beforehand can save you precious time.

Major construction has been ongoing at Oregon’s Portland International Airport (PDX) since 1997, including a nine- gate extension of Concourse C. The work is scheduled to be finished by 2002. While improvements to concourses A and B have made them a bit cluttered, don’t expect major delays.

Over the next four years, look for a new access highway, runway and rental car consolidation facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston. Completion is set for 2002. Expect fewer parking spaces during construction.

Boston’s Logan International Airport is receiving a $1.2 billion modernization face-lift, including upgraded baggage handling facilities. In the works are better circulation patterns at drop-off and pick-up locations, new roadways, and a new seven-story garage. Completion is expected in 2005. Give yourself time to maneuver around construction sites.

New York’s JFK is also constructing new roadways, a new light rail system and terminal improvements over the next five years. Most work shouldn’t interfere with foot traffic, but work on United Airlines’ gates may add extra time and detours to the boarding process. Check with your travel agent or carrier for more details.

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