In and around a number of large metropolitan areas, secondary or satellite airports are to be found in close proximity to the major airport (less than about 60km). Examples of such airports include Belfast City (in relation to Belfast International), Rotterdam (Amsterdam) and Cologne/Bonn or Dortmund (Dusseldorf). This paper considers the characteristics of these airports and their possible future role, drawing upon evidence from Europe and the United States. The provision of air services is analysed, including the route network, operations, aircraft types and frequencies and the inter-relationship with services from the major airport. The operation of feeders to distant hubs is specifically addressed, using US examples. The scope for expanding this concept in Europe is discussed. Traffic growth trends are examined to identify whether satellite airports can generate additional traffic or merely weaken the ability of a region to support air services by diluting demand. Surface access is compared with the alternative airport from different parts of the hinterland, including public transport availability. The population distribution in different parts of the catchment area is considered and for some UK examples, its propensity to travel. The future role of the satellite airports is then discussed, including the extent to which they compete with and complement the major airports. For the covering abstract see IRRD 879900.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 53-70

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  • Accession Number: 00724091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-286-4
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1996 12:00AM