The effect on air traffic congestion of a landing fee structure, different from that currently used, is investigated. A two tier fee structure is proposed, and its relative effectiveness is compared to the existing landing fee structure using a computer simulation called AIRTAX. The peak fee charged is a function of the relative utilization time of the flight. The off-peak fee is a linear function of the load classification number. In this way large aircraft pay for the use of airport facilities at the same rate as small aircraft. The peak fee to be charged is developed in AIRTAX by a simulation of the auctioning of the available air movement slots. The number of air movement slots per hour is predetermined and the fee required to reduce demand to this level is calculated. The passengers who would have taken a flight that is cancelled are transferred to another flight to the same destination. A test run of AIRTAX on arrival and departure data for Toronto International Airport indicates that a rationalization of landing fees yields increased profits to air carriers through increased load factors and lower delay costs. Air passengers show a 40% reduction in delay costs, and total system effect is a net benefit. A sensitivity analysis of the key variables in the simulation shows that the model is tolerant of changes in the value of time, total revenue generated and minimum fees but is sensitive to extreme changes in carrier load factors and acceptance rates. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Queen's University, Ontario

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Kingston, Ontario  Canada  K7L 3N6
  • Authors:
    • ROSE, K
    • Hamilton, G B
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Pagination: 53 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00173867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Queen's University, Ontario
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM