FIGURE E-3 Influence of runway capacity and number of available gates on throughput at the 30 busiest airports in the United States in visual meteorological conditions. Above the dashed line, landing rates are the primary constraint on airport throughput; below the line, gates are the primary constraint.

rily analytic. It has as its inputs the elasticity of passenger (and freight) demand to changes in both ticket price and convenience (essentially another cost to the passenger). Convenience includes frequency of departures to the desired city, the amount of time spent in the airport (which may be driven by aircraft delays as well as security measures at the airport), and the expectation that passengers will actually arrive at their destination without significant delay. This latter concern usually equates to whether a flight will be cancelled or passengers will miss their connections at a hub airport. Also included in such models is an expectation of how the airlines will manage increased demand and the potential for alternative transportation modes that might supplant or complement air travel. Figure E-5 provides an example of the output of such models.

The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement