AIRPLANES, AIRPORTS, AND ACCESS -- BETTER BALANCE IS NEEDED

This article which notes that better balance should be achieved by putting more emphasis on access and novel systems while limiting airport sprawl, discusses Dulles as an example of a systematic approach to terminal design, and quotes from a terminal expansion study which considered the costs of 6 mobile lounge designs. The latter study concerned the economics of terminal expansion at JFK and Miami strictly from the point of view of the airline's capital investment and operating costs. The study which also considered the amneties for the passenger, concluded that the mobile lounge permits 25 to 30 percent less building construction than conventional terminal solutions, with comparable savings in initial facilities expenditures. The specific problems at O'Hare airport are mentioned, the operations at Dulles are described, and comments are made on the problems of using airplanes for hauling cargo and of airport access from downtown. A dual-mode vehicle system for delivering passengers to the aircraft, and a vehicle-guideway-control-operations sytesm that has small electrically powered automobiles are also described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  USA  10019
  • Authors:
    • Weinberg, M I
  • Publication Date: 1970-4

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  • Accession Number: 00155561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1977 12:00AM