Airport Metrics and Impacts of Air Traffic Control Restrictions

More and more airports are entering into projects and operations that impact the air traffic system. These may include a variety of initiatives, including the following: (1) Departure queue management; (2) Ramp tower operations; (3) Design of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures; (4) Joining the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/industry Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) process; and (5) Developing operational efficiencies to attract new service. For any of these airport-centric initiatives, performance basis and benefit-cost analyses are highly advisable or required. To support these analyses, metrics will be needed to perform accurate and worthwhile comparisons. For example, how does an airport measure the effectiveness of its ramp tower operation? What is the need versus benefit of a new PBN procedure? What level of air traffic slot control is needed or desired? What is the operational efficiency difference between potentially competitive airports? At present there is not a uniform or established set of metrics or analyses that can be used for these and other questions. The objective of the proposed research is to establish metrics to support airport-centric initiatives, including sources of information for these metrics, which can become a useful standard for airports to measure their operation.


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  • Status: Proposed
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  • 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: 20150731
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40178

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572142
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 03-41
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2015 1:30AM