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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed airport development needs, focusing on: (1) the estimated capital development needs made by airport and airline groups and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine why they differ; (2) an up-to-date range of estimates of what airport capital development needs are likely to be for the 5-year period from 1997 through 2001; and (3) the key factors that affect airport capital development needs and how these factors are likely to affect such needs during the next 5 years.

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