Airports: Do We Expect Too Muc

Wed Mar 24, 1999 6:24 am

Have we come to expect too much from airports?

People complain about delays.
People complaint transportation.
people complain when there is construction at the airport.
People complain of congestion.

what do people really expect? when the authorities who run the airports attempt to make necessary renovations people who live around airports rally against expansion. yet many of the same people complain about the delays transportation, construction ect.

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RE: Airports: Do We Expect Too Muc

Wed Mar 24, 1999 7:52 am

Well, here at Denver Intl, they tried to make the airport perfect in all those aspects, and it ended up being equally bad at all of them.

RE: Airports: Do We Expect Too Muc

Wed Mar 24, 1999 8:36 am

As far as delays concern, I think the airlines are responsible for them.
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Arpts: Do We Expect Too Muc/PW

Wed Mar 24, 1999 8:57 am

Well, not necessarily. If you are operating out of an older airport which has gone through many expansions, there are usually many runways crossing each other (you listenin' ORD!? :). In times of bad weather, etc, it could be possible that maybe only 20% of the runways are operational. This can cause major delays.
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RE: Arpts: Do We Expect Too Muc/PW

Wed Mar 24, 1999 10:17 am

Or be at EWR where you spend more time on the taxiways than actually in the air!


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RE: Airports: Do We Expect Too Muc

Wed Mar 24, 1999 12:07 pm

Here in Philadelphia, they have made some drastic improvments. They have just finished a new baggage claim as well as improving the US Airways terminal. At the present time, they are working on a new 5,000 foot commuter runway to add to the other runway used for commuters. This will decrease traffic on the two main runways. THere is also a new commuter terminal and new International terminal scheduled to be built.

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Us Airways

Wed Mar 24, 1999 1:07 pm

Is not just about every terminal at PHL a US Airways terminal?

RE: Airports

Thu Mar 25, 1999 4:55 am

I think that sometimes when they try to improve airports, they don't really do worthwhile things. In San Diego, for instance, they completed a new terminal about a year ago. However, they still have only one runway with no room for another, so they can't add many more flights to fill the gates. Also, they are now considering a second parallel taxiway that is supposed to ease congestion. With out more places for the planes to land, however, this won't do much, because there aren't that many delays associated with taxiing at SAN. Finall, they converted the former PSA hangar into a comuter terminal about 1/2 way down the runway. The idea behind this was that commuters would be able to stop before reaching the terinal, turn off, and not clog taxiways at all. The problem, however, is that they almost never land close enough to the start of the runway to turn off at the terminal and they end up spending more time on the ground than if they went to the main terminals. I think soe airports are very well set up, but others just need work.

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