AIRPORT CAPACITY, VOLUME 1 - NATIONAL SUMMARY

This study which analyzes the impact of FAA programs on airport capacity over the next ten years, is reported in two volumes: The first volume forms a summary of the findings of the study; the second volume presents the detailed examinations of each of the selected airports. Eight major airports (Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Kennedy, Philadelphia, and San Francisco) were examined in detail. VFR capacities will increase about 25% over today, and IFR about 50%. A major requirement will be the metering and spacing and wake vortex avoidance systems programs. With these systems in place, IFR capacity will rise from its present level of 75% of VFR capacity to about 90%, thus increasing the ability to maintain sustained all-weather operations. If these improvements are achieved, no airport surveyed will in the long term (1979-1982)) experience peak hour VFR saturation, and only one airport is projected to experience peak hour IFR satuation. The airside capacity of these airports can be extended, within the present E&D and F&E framework, to meet projected demand for the mid to late 1980's. Under current and proposed plans, most of the surveyed airports will have exceeded their landside capacity before these air traffic levels are reached. The problems are primarily physical access/egress/parking limitations. These will require new access concepts and possibly new major airports which should be planned for now.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems Engineering Management, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Publication Date: 1974-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155654
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-EM-74-5
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM