Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6152 times:
Nearly all airports around the globe have problems just because they can't grow as they would have to.
Airports face opposition from all kinds of sides. First there are natrual limitations such as missing capability to expand as for example the old Hong Kong airport Kai Tak and then there are political problems where politicians that have no clue decide what is to be done or more what is not to be done... Or the people living around the airport that, mostly moved there after the foundation of the airport was built, complaining about noise...
What problems does your local airport face hindering it from growing as it should or could?
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6130 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6070 times:
At ONT, we are closed in on two sides. However, the only thing that LAWA could possibly do is relocate the A lot, and extend the west end of the runway another 2,000 feet. Even if they wanted to do that anyway, there would be a railroad track in the way. The west end can be expanded another 1,500 feet or so, before clearance problems come into play. But even then, They would have to put a major artery road underground.
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Gr325 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 715 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6009 times:
Here at Guernsey aiport, them main problem would be aicrafts stands. There are to many aircrafts on certain days for all the stands. This means they have to park right on the other side of the terminal. It is going worse soon as they are going to build a new terminal. The are taking out another 4 stands, wich is going to be a big problem for the summer.
Nighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5225 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6006 times:
1. We need full length taxiways
2. a runway expansion wouldnt go a miss
3. getting into the plane stands can be a nightmare, its basically a dead end, so any plane entering must first wait on departing planes to get out..
4. we need a rail link
5. our owners dont like the airport. they try and make everyone use heathrow, failing that use glasgow.
6. We need to be independently owned!!!
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7573 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6005 times:
Arsenal & Alex, just send what you don't want here! (And, no I don't mean the BA stuff ). Oh, please don't read below!
Problems at MAN? Where does one begin..terminals only built at half capacity, with funding for expansion on hold, baggage system in both T1 & T2 up the spout (so much so that JMC have said they may pull a few flights out of here and use LPL), management & workforce not seeing eye-to-eye on work practices, airport charges considered too expensive, a certain airline operating aircraft that aren't suitable for T3 & the nimby attitude that resides in Mobberley, Styal & Knutsford. Mustn't forget the blasted Bermuda II agreement which is hindering MAN & the other regionals despite new operations not being party to that agreement.
Serge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5988 times:
Williston Sloulin Field International (KISN/ISN)
- No control tower (FSS in GFK on 123.6 though)
- Weight limitations on runway (I believe the max we have gotten is a GIV and a DC-9)
- Barely any commercial traffic, 2 Metros to BIS and SDY and BIL and 2 B1900Ds to DIK and DEN (From a spotters point of view, bad thing, but from a normal person's point of view, its good because the flights serve us well, they're usually not full either)
Thats all that I can think of. I love ISN.. the FBO crew is great, I know them so they allow me to take lots photos of the biz jets and other aircraft that land from the ramp...
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4542 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5995 times:
At ROC (Rochester, NY, USA):
--Crosswind runway is too short at 5500,' and it is hemmed tightly on both ends. Interstate 390 and Erie Canal to the east, a 16-lane rail switching yard to the west. The airport authority gave up on lengthening 10-28 last year and built a 1000' overrun pad out of soft asphalt at the west end.
--Main runway is 8000' which is fine for regular traffic, but limits flexibility. Should originally have been built at 10000' back in the '60's, because now it's hard to justify money to do it. And of course there would be a nightmare of overlapping and excessive environmental review involved.
--Airfares are 4th highest in the nation, according to the US Department of Transportation. Fortunately, the arrival of AirTran in March should help the situation some. But until we get Southwest, there won't be the kind of sea change that is needed.
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ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5576 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5983 times:
At Zurich airport (ZRH) our biggest problem is definitely the noise. There are huge political discussions about how to land and take of, directions and runways etc. One problem is also the border to Germany. The Germans want to discriminate massively Zurich in favour to their airports (MUC and FRA). They ask for a complete flight ban on holidays over German territory. What would they do if neighbours of FRA and MUC asked the same???
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5950 times:
JFK is an unusual case. It had many physical shortcomings and poor transportation access. Most of these problems have been remedied or will be remedied soon, what with completion of the new terminals One and Four, the ongoing work on the new AA terminal, and most of all AirTrain. JFK's main problem today is lack of service. UA has practically abandoned the airport, while DL keeps slashing its once-considerable service levels and has dropped plans for a new terminal. AA is now the dominant carrier, and seems committed to a strong presence what with its new terminal, but the effects of September 11th may yet cause it to reduce its presence at JFK. B6 also has grown into a major carrier at JFK, and if it survives, may eventually displace AA as the largest one.
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CMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5953 times:
Down at HPN (Westchester County Airport - White Plains, NY) our biggest problem is the airport neighbors. They complain about everything, noise, congestion due to airport traffic, planes flying too early or too late, it's really annoying and its preventing airport expansion.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5946 times:
At Cleveland Hopkins (KCLE):
1. Airport is hemmed in on all sides, so the city constantly has to buy land and buildings and demolish them
2. Length of main runways (parallels 6/24), 8,999 ft. is the longest. This will be fixed in the next two years as the new runway is constructed and the longer of the two current runways is extended.
3. Crosswind runway (10/28) is 6,150 ft. Although I have seen the A300s land on it, it is also poorly positioned (at the arrival end of the 24 parallels) and hemmed in at the east by the Ford Motor Plant and the west by NASA Glenn Research Center. There are no plans to build a new or renovate the existing crosswind runway.
4. Environmental concerns. The airport is constantly under Ohio EPA pressure and the threat of fines for runoff into the wetlands and Abrams Creek, which runs through the southwest end of the airport property. Then Mike White (our former mayor) chose the conventional deicing method for our new deicing facility, and gave the contract to a friend, instead of going with Continental Airlines' preference: a laser deicing facility, which is drive-through just like the one at KEWR, and which doesn't create hazardous runoff. Go figure.
5. Runway configuration (redux): Our existing parallels are too close for simultaneous visual approach/departure. Our reconstructed parallels will still be too close for simultaneous ILS approach. Go figure.
At Burke Lakefront (KBKL):
1. The airport is "on the chopping block" if the Greater Cleveland Growth Association gets its way. Even one city councilman called Burke "toast" because so many people want to simply tear it out as part of our lakefront redevelopment.
2. The runways are 6,198 and 5,197 feet. They cannot be extended. The Army Corps of Engineers has been filling in a diked area north of the airport, adjacent to Runway 6L/24R, but it will be years before it is completely filled and the ground has settled sufficiently for new runway construction.
3. Continental Airlines owns all rights to passenger service out of Burke. They don't seem to have any plans to start even regional commuter service. I have a plan for them, but nobody ever talks to me...
4. Half the citizens of Cleveland either don't know that Burke exists, or they have no idea what "general aviation" means. Go figure.
At Cuyahoga County (KCGF):
1. What airport? There's an airport out in Richmond Heights? You're kidding me.
2. Hemmed in by residential area.
3. Single runway, ILS only in one direction. Poorly marked. Generally neglected. No dedicated website, either, other than my small one...
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5931 times:
Runways desperatly need to be reconfigured.
Two close for dual landings when the fog roles in, but they have to fill in some of the bay, and that will take years of litigation to even get close.
International Terminal is being redone for domestic gates though, seems to be plenty of terminal space and BART (light rail) is almost here, just fix them runways.
GNOSS Field (Novato, CA)
Runway to be expanded from 3300' to 4400' to allow for more jets, almost there, almost, I can't wait, NIMYBs are still all over it, but it might go through
Also, they could use more hangers, dunno if they are working on that, on and off.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5889 times:
N67-Wings Field, Blue Bell, PA
Grumpy airport neighbors that protest the recent expansion that lengthened the runway from 2600 to 3700 feet, claiming that the jets that would come in with the longer runway would be "too loud" however the King Airs that came in prior to the expansion are much louder than the occasional (maybe twice a month) Citation that comes in...
Also the airport needs an AWOS or ASOS but this is in the works I have heard and will be operational within a year or so...
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Flyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5892 times:
Does anybody find it annoying that people around airports are the ones complaining about noise. First of all, I bet MOST airports were where they are now BEFORE the houses were built. Therefore, the people who live near the airport should either shut up about the noise or move. If they choose to live by the airport, then they should shut up. It's like first come, first serve. The planes were here first, therefore they have no right complaining. Is anyone with me on this?
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5893 times:
I'll agree with CMK10 and say that HPN's biggest problem is its NIMBYs and the Westchester County government in general- I can't wait to see what kinds of restrictions they come up with when the current agreement about pax limitations expires in 2004...
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5885 times:
This is exactly how i and other enthusiasts feel, same thing here at LHR. T5 was supposed to have happened a long time ago but the whingers living around were concerned about niose and pollution. What a load of bollocks!! The airport was there before you were born!!
Why live there if u cant stand the noise and pollution?
In Arsene we trust!!
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