LAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10477 times:
I know that similar topics have been discussed before, but I am still unaware of the busiest Single runway use airport in the world in terms of movements. I believe its gatwick or San Diego. How do the Controllers manage to seperate aircraft (landing and Departing)
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NBGskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 921 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10461 times:
For busy single runway airports, the controllers make "holes" in the arrival line-up so that one airplane lands, a departure taxies into position and holds, the arriving aircraft exits the runway and the departure rolls, and another arrival lands, and the process is repeated over again.
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Scott0305 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9975 times:
I can only speak from an observer/passenger point of view but in general there doesn't seem to be as much holding at LGW as at LHR. Most of the times I've gone into Gatwick it has been a straight in but then I am usually not landing there in the morning rush. Same as other airports with busy times and less busy times but pretty much a constant flow of traffic all day long. You never wait more than a couple of minutes between movements on a normal day and if you're there when it's busy you can watch them lined up to get in and out and as soon as one clears the runway another is down/cleared to roll. It's quite a sight and a magnificent co-ordination job by ATC.
On the question of go-arounds - I would say there are more than average due to the simple fact that it is a one runway operation that is incredibly busy. I myself have been on a US 333 that went around at LGW due to aircraft with burst tyre on the runway.
As I recall, ATC uses a one in, one out procedure for 17 hours a day. Effective use of the runway enables a minimum gap of 6nm between arrivals.Distance of which is used for the management of a take off.