OPTIMAL USE OF TRANSPORTERS IN THE DESIGN OF AIRPORT TERMINALS
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.
- Volume 8 of a Series on Airport Location and Planning.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCivil Engineering Systems Laboratory
Cambridge, MA USA 02139
- de Neufville, R
- Moore III, H
- Yaney, J
- Publication Date: 1971-11
- Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: v.p.
- TRT Terms: Airbridges; Cost effectiveness; Gates; Intermodal terminals; Mobile lounges; Passenger vehicles; Peak periods; Structural design; Vehicles
- Old TRIS Terms: Terminal design
- Subject Areas: Aviation; Terminals and Facilities; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00196762
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: R71-43
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM