The "less is more" concept is applied to less walking distance at airports in relation to more passenger convenience. Passenger convenience, both at the origin and destination of his trip, usually refers to physical and mental comfort. The former relates to the walking distance from parking areas, long concourses to the departure lounges, and baggage carrying distance. The latter refers to waiting times, speed of check-in, queuing lines, direct non-stop flights, and direct landing approaches to airports. Long walks for passengers are the result of excessive horizontal development of terminals, parking areas and gates. When the walking distance increases beyond 600 ft. then it becomes desirable to use horizontal or vertical people movers. The energy crisis has not only reduced the frequency of non-stop flights, but also has required larger aircraft to accommodate increasing peak-hour loads. Excessive walking distances at airport terminals are largely the result of the construction of fingers to meet airline requests for more exclusive gate positions. Of the two basic concepts of terminal design, control and unit, the former is preferred from a passenger's point of view because all passengers are routed to a central ticketing area, travel information is more accessible, and transfers are quicker. People movers are becoming more popular at airports as a result of increasing congestion and longer walks between landside and airside. A new medium-range aircraft for the 1980's equipped with "quiet" fuel efficient engines and a smaller wing span and fuselage length, is expected to have a positive effect on passenger convenience and walking distances. Lastly it is noted that access into and out of major airports is directly tied to the need for greater capacity in the road system on or near the airport.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association of Airport Executives

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • MEEHAN, J A
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 18-21
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176617
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Airport Management Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM