IDENTIFICATION AND MEASUREMENT OF CAPACITY AND LEVELS OF SERVICE OF LANDSIDE ELEMENTS OF THE AIRPORT

Since the mid-1960s, air travelers have faced increasing inconvenience, frustration, and delays in the landside portion of their air trips. Ever-increasing numbers of passengers and the continuing introduction of higher capacity aircraft have created bottlemecks and congestion throughout the landside environment at peak hours and have placed tremendous strains on terminal facilities. Comfort and convenience of passengers in the airport landside are directly related to the capacity and the levels of service provided. Although airport congestion is fully apparent to operators of major airports and to their users, the concepts of capacity and level of service as they relate to the landside have yet to be fully understood. The concept of level of service is particularly difficult to understand, for it relates to quality, and quality, by definition, is subjective. This paper first discusses briefly the background of air transportation development and its effect on the airport landside environment today and then describes the basic functions and facilities of the landside. It then defines capacity and level of service within the context of the airport landside and examines the problems connected with developing meaningful measures of level of service. Existing landside planning criteria that have evolved during the years are reviewed, and possible measures of capacity and level of service for landside facilities are outlined. /Author/

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    • Brink, Marjorie
    • Maddison, Donald
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 92-111
  • Monograph Title: AIRPORT LANDSIDE CAPACITY
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  • Accession Number: 00131163
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM