In an effort to provide a tool to assist in evaluating the benefits (in terms of reduced delay) of any policy to limit traffic, a model is presented of long delays at busy airports, and an improved method is outlined of estimating delay patterns. The model which is fitted for arrivals at Kennedy International Airport, is a simple deterministic queueing model. The arrival rate is taken to be the rate at which present arrivals or departures would land or take off if there were unlimited capacity to accommodate them. The acceptance rate is the maximum number of operations that an airport can accept during a period of time. It is a maximum technological capacity of the airport and the surrounding airspace and is higher than the capacity defined by 4-minute average delay. Traffic and delay estimates for Kennedy are provided which make it possible to calibrate a computerized version of the model. The estimates are disaggregated by weather and season. Some results of reduction in delay to be expected from specified reductions in traffic are summarised.

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    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Carlin, A
    • Park, R E
  • Publication Date: 1970-1

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  • Accession Number: 00155632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM