chapter  4
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AIR TRANSPORT—THE HIGH-COST SOLUTION?

From the first airport for Zeppelin airships in 1910 (Taneja, 1989) and the first scheduled passenger service by Curtiss flying boat between St Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, in 1914 (Vance, 1986) air transport has experienced remarkable technological transformation and phenomenal growth, especially in the years since the Second World War. There is now the paradox that air transport is seen as both the most sophisticated of transport modes and in many parts of the world the provider of pioneer mechanised transport. Discounting primitive forms of human and animal freight movement there are many areas where it is the case of air transport or no transport. It has been said that Colombia went from the mule to the aeroplane in one move.