Each operation (takeoff or landing) at an airport takes some period of time, referred to as "slot." Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations set quotas on the number of operations per hour at each of four major U.S. air-carrier airports: Washington National, New York LaGuardia, Chicago O'Hare International, and New York Kennedy International. The runway slots designated for scheduled air carriers are assigned to the various carriers in advance, and airline schedules are built around them. How many slots each airline gets each hour at each airport is determined by mutual agreement among the airlines through airline scheduling committees. These committees have served since the quotas were put into effect in 1969. With the advent of the Airline Deregulation Act, these committees have been questioned as being anticompetitive. If the committees are abolished, their function might have to be performed by FAA. In view of this possibility, FAA is considering several possible approaches. Among them are auctioning of slots, peak-hour pricing, and direct assignment of slots. There are many ways to effect any of these approaches. This paper presents one approach to slot assignment, which was designed to be implementable with as few changes to the current system as possible. The decision criteria consider the current airline requests and constraints (the historic share of the slots) and airline service to the local public in determining which airline gets a contested slot. (Author)

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-4
  • Monograph Title: Aviation forecasting and systems analyses
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331260
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031125
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM