Reliever airports are broadly defined as a general aviation airport having the primary function of relieving congestion at an air carrier airport by diverting from such airport general aviation traffic. Unless the reliever airport is placed in an area accessible to the potential aircraft owners and users, it will not develop levels of traffic which provide significant relief or economic utilization. This article is concerned with the appropriate measurement to determine the accessibility aspect of airport planning and development for general aviation airports. The Omaha Airport Authority conducted an aviation market analysis criteria and the study methods and findings were found to be universally applicable. Three factors strongly affect the ownership of general aviation aircraft in any local area: population, family income, and proximity to an airport. These factors are discussed as well as the relationship between family income and aircraft ownership, and accessibility and aircraft ownership. Combining the methods of determining potential aircraft based on population and income, and the percentage of potential realized based on accessibility, a community can evaluate potential airfield sites as to their ability today and in the future to generate general aviation aircraft. Airport accessibility is not the only determinant in the selection of a new airport site. Airspace, the surrounding land use, and the availability of land for meeting present and future expansion needs must also be considered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association of Airport Executives

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

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 22-24
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Airport Management Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM