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User currently offlineKermode From Canada, joined Jun 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

The University of British Columbia and leading aviation academics led by UBC's Sauder School of Business professor Tae Oum have released their results for the worlds most efficient airports. In addition they also include some region's highest and lowest landing fee's based on a 767. Here's the list of the top airports by continent (plus Canada since it was done by a Canadian University).

The World’s Most Efficient International Airports

North America - More than 15 million annual passengers

1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
2. Charlotte Douglas International Airport
3. Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport

North America - Less than 15 million annual passengers

1. Raleigh-Durham International Airport
2. Richmond International Airports
3. Will Rogers World Airport

Canada – overall

1. Vancouver International Airport
2. Calgary International Airport
3. Edmonton International Airport

Europe - More than 15 million annual passengers

1. Copenhagen Kastrup International Airport
2. Oslo Airport Gardermoen
3. Zurich Airport

Europe - Less than 15 million annual passengers

1. Genève Aéroport
2. Nice Cote D’Azure Airport
3. Edinburgh Airport

Asia – Overall

1. Seoul-Gimpo International Airport
2. Incheon International Airport
3. Hong Kong International Airport

Oceania – Overall

1. Sydney Airport
2. Queenstown Airport
3. Dunedin International Airport

Here's the full article: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012...ea-now-leads-in-asia-ubc-research/

I'm sure many of you will find this interesting  

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6290 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

While I'm very interested in this information, I don't know exactly what they mean by "efficient."

From my point of view as a passenger, Dallas Love Field or Austin Bergstrom are much more "efficient" than ATL, if only because I can show up, park, and be sitting at my gate in just a few minutes most of the time.
Seattle, DFW, ATL, and OH MY GOSH Zurich are nightmares. I recently traveled from downtown Zurich to terminal E, and it was ridiculous, the amount of walking I had to do to get through the shopping mall that is Zurich airport!
I like Zurich Airport, but I'd certainly not call it a marvel of efficiency, in terms of passenger movement.

User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 15643 posts, RR: 100
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 5231 times:

I think of many things with efficiency. Reading the report:
"Hartsfield-Jackson’s diverse revenue streams allowed it to offer some of the lowest combined landing and passenger fees in North America for international flights, charging only $301 US for a Boeing 767 to land in 2011."

So I wouldn't say most efficient, I would say "lowest landing fees."

For when I think of airport efficiency, I think of:
1. Average and peak air delay times (cost of fuel/equipment in flight)
2. Time for an O&D passenger (average and standard deviation by hour) to enter the airport grounds in a vehicle (car, bus, whatever) until when they are at the gate going, I have XX minutes before my flight to spare! The old "horseshoe" airports are really good at this! Not so good at #3:
3. Minimum time between an aircraft arrival and when a connection's scheduled departure time. Airports such as ATL are very efficient at this, but no so much as #2 (due to walking/transit times from parking the car to the gate). At least compared to a 'horse-shoe' airport that requires a terminal switch... (ugh...)
4. Aircraft turn times (purely airplane in, unload, refuel/restock, reload and go without worrying if a passenger from C22 made the flight.

I was hoping for a more comprehensive study... This rated on a metric most passengers do not directly see (landing fees). But what about the other costs a passenger incurs? (Parking, food service, etc.) Some of the airports on that list, if cost is the benchmark, are not friendly to the passenger overall. They've just switched how someone is paying...


"They did not know it was impossible, so they did it!" - Mark Twain
User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1349 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
While I'm very interested in this information, I don't know exactly what they mean by "efficient."

From my quick scan of the article, it looks like they're talking about "efficiency" in terms of revenue and costs, ie. "efficiently managed" (it was published by a business school after all). That is, as you say, a completely different animal from being effecient in terms of getting passengers to their destinations.

User currently offlinejumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 1115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 5148 times:

Words like efficient and innovative [see another thread] always raisse questions about what those words actually mean and, as many people mention its really down to subjective preferences - so my subjective preference for less than 15m passengers is that the top 3 should certainly include LCY.

I recently flew LCY-NCE-LCY and the LCY experience was far more efficient than NCE, which made the top 3

User currently offlinepoint2point From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 2812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

The measure of efficiency here I assume is how much of total revenue of an airport is generated from non-aviation activities....

ATL generated 63 per cent of its total revenue from non-aviation activities, compared to the lowest-ranked North American airport Denver International Airport (DEN), which derived only 37 per cent of its income from alternative sources.

DEN is the lowest? WOW! They do everything from selling oil that they pump from land they own to having their own solar power plant, although the solar power plant is more of a cost saver than an income producer. I wonder if - when DEN finishes the 10 story hotel that they're building right of Jepessen Terminal - the income from the hotel count as airport non-aviation revenue?


[Edited 2012-06-29 15:43:20]

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8384 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 5030 times:

Quoting Kermode (Thread starter):
Asia – Overall

1. Seoul-Gimpo International Airport
2. Incheon International Airport
3. Hong Kong International Airport

I'm curious to know where NRT stands there.

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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8724 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 4982 times:

Yeah, I'm kinda skeptical of what is "efficient" but it as at least a tribute to airports like ATL that handle so many flights a day/year and can still somewhat smoothly run

Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinekermode From Canada, joined Jun 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 6):

I would be interested to know full rankings. Sadly the report is on order for 500$ so unless someone's willing to fork up that kind of cash we only know what the media release will tell us.

Also when I was digging more to find out their definition of "efficient" they stated that they do not include the passenger customer service perspective. Rather the business aspect as some people have mentioned.


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