Report on capacity of airport infrastructure

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dc.contributor.author Reynolds-Feighan, Aisling J.
dc.contributor.author Button, Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-13T14:06:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-13T14:06:47Z
dc.date.issued 1999-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2974
dc.description.abstract This report examines the current capacity of the EU’s airport infrastructure and highlights in a general way the main factors determining that capacity. In the report, the nature and the role of airport services are detailed and the multi-service networked industry that characterises airport operations is described. The determination of airport capacity is examined. Detailed discussion is given of the influence which air traffic control factors, demand characteristics, environmental conditions and the engineering design and layout of the runway system will have on that capacity. The methods used to assess capacity and delay are also detailed. Extensive data is presented from the Association of European Airlines (AEA) and EUROCONTROL’s Centre for Delay Analysis (CODA) to sketch the current state of Europe’s system of large airports.and the extent to which existing infrastructure is congested. This system of airports represents the main infrastructure of Europe’s aviation sector. The options available to policy makers to improve the management and organisation of existing capacity are set out and critically discussed. Tables giving the advantages and disadvantages of different demand management policies and procedures are presented, thus summarising the extensive literature in this area. Following on from this, several important issues arising when capacity needs to be expanded are highlighted. A number of practical difficulties are pinpointed and the tradeoffs facing policymakers are explained. For instance, where liberalisation has encouraged airlines to increase their frequency of service by, among other things, utilising smaller aircraft, this has the effect of using up available capacity at airports faster than would otherwise have been the case. Policymakers can influence the average size of aircraft in a positive way (which will have significant environmental benefits) through the pricing or airport charging policy. The balance between facilitating growth particularly of new entrant carriers on one hand, and emphasising environmental and sustainability goals on the other, will have to be addressed. The final section of the report relates these discussions to the issue of interoperability and briefly outlines some of the important policy considerations in this area. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
dc.description.uri MINIMISE project details en
dc.description.uri http://cordis.europa.eu/transport/src/minimise.htm en
dc.format.extent 735680 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Commission of the European Union Directorate-General for Transport DG VII-A4 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th framework programme for research and development in the field of transport: strategic research programme en
dc.relation.requires Economics Research Collection en
dc.subject Airport capacity en
dc.subject Airport infrastructure en
dc.subject Delays en
dc.subject Congestion en
dc.subject Congestion management en
dc.subject.lcsh Airport capacity--Europe en
dc.subject.lcsh Aeronautics, Commercial--Europe en
dc.subject.lcsh Air traffic capacity--Europe en
dc.title Report on capacity of airport infrastructure en
dc.title.alternative MINIMISE : managing interoperability by improvements in transport system organisation in Europe : No. ST-96-SC.401 en
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Reynolds-Feighan|Aisling J.|aut|UCD0021 en
dc.neeo.contributor Button|Kenneth|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Commission of the European Union Directorate-General for Transport DG VII-A4 4th Framework Programme for Research and Development in the Field of Transport en
dc.description.admin Information about the project: http://cordis.europa.eu/transport/src/minimise.htm. Information about the project provided by the EU: MINIMISE consortium (Managing Interoperability by Improvements in Transport System Organisation in Europe) EU Fourth Framework Project ST-96-SC.401. (March 96-September 98), with Kenneth Button (George Mason University). Sub-contractor to University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Assessment of performance of the air transport sector in Europe and identification of constraints and bottlenecks within air transport and between air and other transport modes in both passenger and freight services - AV 2/06/2011 A reference to this work is already set up on DSpace http://hdl.handle.net/10197/115 - duplicate withdrawn 13/06/11 OR en


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