Are Offsite Passenger Service Facilities a Viable Option for Airport Access?

Airport offsite passenger service facilities deliver passengers from a common location to an airport and may provide additional services such as baggage and passenger check-in. Recently, interest has been revived in this airport access option, with surveys reporting that two-thirds of passengers who traveled directly to the airport terminal would consider using an offsite facility if available. However, transportation planners lack modern methods specifically tailored to forecast demand for airport offsite passenger services. The absence of such methods compromises the offsite facility planning process and hinders the evaluation of applications that may prove beneficial. Accordingly, the purpose of the research reported in this paper is to develop a methodology to determine the demand for an offsite facility. Data collected at six airports in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia were used to develop two sequential offsite facility demand models. The first, an airport access quality model, establishes initial feasibility by assuming that the likelihood of a viable offsite facility is directly proportional to the resistance encountered during the current access trip to the airport. The second, an offsite facility usage model, determines the probability of passengers using an offsite facility as a function of flight departure time and perceived variability in ground travel time. A case study demonstrates the application of the methodology at Virginia’s Richmond International Airport (RIC). The first model showed that passengers accessing RIC experienced larger resistance than other airports, suggesting RIC as a candidate location for an offsite facility. The second model estimated varying demand levels for specific market segments, such as a 74% demand among passengers departing between 8:00 and 10:30 A.M. with ground travel times varying by 45 min. Based on the different levels of demand for such market segments, specific travel origins were identified as potential locations for offsite facilities providing access to RIC. While economic and technical feasibility are also necessary conditions to establish viability, this sequential modeling approach identifies potential locations where such studies may have merit.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01151147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1906
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:53AM