Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
Does anyone know of any two airports that have the exact same design? Obviously, aside from those that are small and are nothing but a runway... I mean those with the same runways, taxiways, etc. When I think about it, it seems amazing to me that essentially every airport in the world is unique.... I can't think of any two airports that look the same. Maybe two air force bases?
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
I wouldn't be surprised if there are "sister" airports. But when it comes to airport design, it is very difficult to find places where conditions are so close to one another where the airports would be designed the exact same way (i.e.: dominating weather trends, elevation, terrain, etc.). As far as terminals go, it is a possibility that there are some that were designed by the same person/company and are very much alike.
As for military or former military airports, you will see a large trend from the WWII era where many had a triangular design which optimised the possibility of having a reduced crosswind component for departing and landing aircraft because you had runways pointing in lots of directions.
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ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4119 times:
The design around with ATH, SIN, ATL, and other airports are based is quite common. Two parallel runways with the terminals in the middle. However, no two of those will be identical in terminal layout, runway direction, etc.
All the major NYC airports (LGA, EWR, JFK) have at least one runway that faces 4/22. LGA and JFK also have runways oriented at 13/31, and EWR has 11/29.
EWR and LAS have similar layouts though I don't know the exact directions of the runways at LAS.
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Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3997 times:
There were a bunch of military training airfields constructed in the middle and far west-many of which were abandoned after WWII. Some still survive as operating airfields. Google Abandoned Airfields and you'll be led to them.
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LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11438 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3955 times:
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Quoting Flyf15 (Thread starter): Does anyone know of any two airports that have the exact same design?
In Brazil , Infraero (which manages major airports) has a few years ago a closer "default" design for it's terminals. POA and FOR are very similar. SDU new terminal is an improved "copy" as well as REC.
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Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23014 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3943 times:
Chile immediately sprang to my mind... most of the airports have a single runway with the terminal off of the single parallel taxiway. Until a couple of years ago, even SCL had this design. CJC (whose runway is 10-28) is a notable exception.
Another pattern that you frequently see in the States is the pattern where the runways form a U and the terminal sits inside the U. CLT, CVG SDF, and MSP all have this pattern-- and CVG has added and CLT is adding a third parallel runway off to the west. IND will also have this pattern once the new terminal opens.
There's also the PIT and RDU design, where the terminal sits between parallel runways and a crosswind runway sits off in the distance somewhere.
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