A cost-effectiveness analysis of airport terminal design is presented which focuses on the degree to which vehicular systems for transferring passengers to aircraft should substitute for constructed facilities. The implications of the stochastic demand for gate positions on costs and economies of scale are examined. For current costs, it is shown that the pure strategy of using vehicles is about 20 to 40% more expensive than the construction alternative. Consideration of the marginal costs of meeting peak passenger flows indicates, however, that a mixed strategy is optimal. Total costs can be reduced by about 15% by using vehicular systems to substitute for about 30% of the gate positions at a large airport. Recent experience in Europe and North America corroborates this finding.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Volume 8 of a Series on Airport Location and Planning.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Civil Engineering Systems Laboratory
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • de Neufville, R
    • Moore III, H
    • Yaney, J
  • Publication Date: 1971-11

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196762
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R71-43
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM