Evaluating Terminal Renewal versus Replacement Options

Most airport terminal facilities (e.g., terminal building, parking garages, and terminal roadways) are nearing the end of their useful life. In addition, the airline industry has significantly reduced capacity over the last few years to better match passenger demand, which has reduced the need for capacity-driven expansion at most airports. These reduced passenger levels, as well as the financial state of most airlines, put an additional financial burden on airport operators to maintain current rates and charges by making very sound capital investment decisions. Very often, components of terminal facilities reach the end of their useful life or become significantly outdated long before the structural integrity of the facility reaches the end of its useful life. However, these components, such as mechanical and IT systems, can be very difficult and costly to replace without major impacts to the facility and disruption to ongoing operations. Further compounding the issue is the lack of space at many airports to simply construct replacement facilities and avoid much of the complexity of renovating existing facilities without significantly disrupting passengers or ongoing operations. Airports with adequate space face tough scrutiny from the airlines to provide significant justification that new facilities are a more financially feasible solution than renewing the current facilities. Thorough analysis of the myriad relevant factors is required in order to decide whether to renew existing facilities or construct replacement facilities, particularly when the new facilities are not capacity-driven. This detailed analysis is typically not included at the Master Plan level but should occur before facility programming and schematic design services are commissioned. Nor can this analysis be conducted by simply comparing the initial capital cost of multiple options but rather must provide a total cost outcome perspective over a consistent investment horizon. The objective of the research is to establish a set of decision tools that can be used by airport operators, airlines, and consultants in evaluating options to renovate existing terminal facilities or replace them with new facilities. </font></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 7-07

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20100801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24428

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461801
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 7-07
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:52PM