AN ANALYSIS OF THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS OF NON-CAPITAL ALTERNATIVES AT THE LARGE AIR TRANSPORTATION HUBS OF THE UNITED STATES

Because demands on the airport usually exceed existing capacity during a few periods of the day, investment to expand hub capacity is clearly an investment to accommodate these peaks in demand. Demands on airport capacity appear to be more highly peaked than necessary because of this ineffective allocation of costs. Because the peaks are higher, the investment requirement will be perceived to be higher. Also, the composition of demand, i.e., the mixture of air carrier, air commuter and general aviation, seems to consist of more general aviation than would be expected during peak periods. Planning investment for the large hubs requires prediction of future airport costs under alternate capacity expansion possibilities and then selecting the best course of action from among these alternatives. Alternative policies that alter the demand for capacity during peak periods seem to be ignored. Accomplishments of this analysis consist of: Application of a methodology for airport planning that explicitly deals with alternatives that alter the demand for airport capacity; Estimation of the costs of peak and non-peak period airport use by air carriers, air commuters and general aviation; Assessment of the financial impact of maintaining high demand peaks on investment in airport facilities at the large air transportation hubs of the U.S.; and Assessment of the costs imposed by private general aviation upon the air carrier sector at the large hubs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation

    Assistant Secretary for Policy, Plans and International Affairs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • SMITH, D G
    • Maxfield, D P
    • Fromovitz, S
  • Publication Date: 1977-2

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  • Pagination: 90 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197601
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/P-5010.9
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1981 12:00AM