As the COVID-19 pandemic moves toward its second full year in the U.S., airport construction projects that were placed on hold in its early months are mostly resuming, and some even accelerated during the period when passengers were away. Nonetheless, the pandemic has left its mark on air travel — including the physical infrastructure that enables it.

Going forward, experts say airports will prioritize touchless tech, adaptability and protecting public health, among other changes. Here are five trends in airport design and construction that builders need to know about:

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