Updated from 12/10/10Most beautiful airports story updated with information about Miami International and San Francisco International's new Terminal 2, for which there will be a grand opening party Saturday. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Airline travel can involve unpleasant moments, from going through security to waiting out bad weather to watching thoughtless passengers with too much baggage. One way airlines and airports can enhance the experience is by making terminals pleasant places to be. These are multibillion dollar projects that take many years, so they involve major bets on the economy. For airlines, it can be difficult to quantify the financial benefit, but it is easy to make the case that gorgeous terminals like American's ( AMR) Terminal Eight at New York's Kennedy Airport provide a competitive advantage, given that international travelers in the New York area have a broad array of choices.
|Miami International is nearing the completion of a $6.4 billion overhaul. American Airlines' share is about 72%.|
San Francisco's New Terminal 2
American Airlines' Terminal 8 at JFK Airport
JetBlue's T5 Terminal at JFK Airport