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Carnigan International Airport was once the busiest airport in the

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Carnigan International Airport was once the busiest airport in the region, but two major airlines have relocated to nearby airports, reducing the number of flights in and out of Carnigan by more than half. The gates at Carnigan were built more than thirty years ago and cannot accommodate the largest modern aircraft. In an effort to bring in more business, Carnigan officials plan to build dozens of gates to accommodate modern aircraft and offer reduced-rate leases to airlines willing to make long-term commitments.

Which of the following, if true, most threatens the plan’s likelihood of success?

(A) Most of the airlines operating out of nearby airports have long-term leases on gates at the other airports.
(B) The existing gates at Carnigan rent at rates that are, on average, much lower than the proposed rates for the new gates to be built there.
(C) Because of highway congestion and changing development patterns that make Carnigan inconvenient to access, airline customers prefer to depart from other airports.
(D) Of the 18 airlines that serve Carnigan or nearby airports, none serve more than one airport in the area.
(E) If the proposed addition is completed, Carnigan will be the largest airport, as measured both by gates and square footage, in the region.

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New post 30 Aug 2018, 17:42
the plan is to increase the business and Option C suggest that customer prefer other airport and hence weakens the argument
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New post 30 Aug 2018, 20:26
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Carnigan International Airport was once the busiest airport in the region, but two major airlines have relocated to nearby airports, reducing the number of flights in and out of Carnigan by more than half. The gates at Carnigan were built more than thirty years ago and cannot accommodate the largest modern aircraft. In an effort to bring in more business, Carnigan officials plan to build dozens of gates to accommodate modern aircraft and offer reduced-rate leases to airlines willing to make long-term commitments.

Which of the following, if true, most threatens the plan’s likelihood of success?

(A) Most of the airlines operating out of nearby airports have long-term leases on gates at the other airports.
(B) The existing gates at Carnigan rent at rates that are, on average, much lower than the proposed rates for the new gates to be built there.
(C) Because of highway congestion and changing development patterns that make Carnigan inconvenient to access, airline customers prefer to depart from other airports.
(D) Of the 18 airlines that serve Carnigan or nearby airports, none serve more than one airport in the area.
(E) If the proposed addition is completed, Carnigan will be the largest airport, as measured both by gates and square footage, in the region.


Only option B and C are strong contenders.

B talks about rate of existing gates < proposed rate of new gates. But existing gates are not capable of accommodating largest modern aircraft so rates can't be compare.
So ignore B.

C says, because of congestion/changing development patterns, Carnigan is inconvenient to access so even if plan get implemented, airline customer will prefer other airport.--- Reasonable :) So C is answer IMO.
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New post 30 Aug 2018, 21:11
I was quite certain if A. Can someone please explain why that isn't the answer?

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Can you please post the OE and source

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New post 03 Sep 2018, 04:43

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The phrase “most threatens” indicates that this is a weaken question. The underlying assumption, much like the assumption in many “plan”questions, is that the plan will have the desired effect: modern gates and reduced rates at Carnigan will bring back more airlines. We are looking for some reason why the improvements at Carnigan won’t have that effect.
Choice (A) is possible, though doubtful; leases might keep airlines from moving back, but there is no specific timetable mentioned in the question, and for all we know, those long-term leases may be about to run out.
(B) is an irrelevant comparison, between the rates on older and newer gates at Carnigan.
(C) looks good: If airline customers don’t want to deal with Carnigan, airlines have a good reason not to relocate there, despite the advantages set forth by the planners at Carnigan.
Choice (D) is another irrelevant comparison: It doesn’t matter whether airlines do not serve more than one airport. Airlines can shift and make Carnigan their base.
Choice (E) is yet another irrelevant comparison; the size of the airport has no effect (that we know about, anyway) on business moving from one airport to another.

Choice (C) is correct.
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