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Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runways

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:16 am

I was wondering...
What are the airports with the highest passenger yearly with one, two, three... runways?
What is the maximum passengers/year you can obser on a runway?

In theory: 800 passengers every minute or so 420 million per year!  Wink

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Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:21 am

For a single runway, I'm thinking SAN (18 million/year)...

[Edited 2009-11-17 18:22:32 by homer71]
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:22 am

My guess for the highest pax for 1 runway would be SAN...but thats just a guess...

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Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:25 am

SAN is the busiest single runway airport out there. As far as those with two runways, I would think that LHR and NRT are definitely in the team picture.
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:30 am

Actually, the honor goes to London's Gatwick.

Gatwick has two runways, however only one runway is ever used at a time. The shorter runway is only used when the longer runway is out of service, be it for construction or a plane being stuck on the runway.

So while 'officially' it has two runways, it only has one working runway. Gatwick sees double San Diego's traffic, some 35 million passengers per year.
 
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:32 am

Quoting Homer71 (Reply 1):
For a single runway, I'm thinking SAN (18 million/year)...

I always thought it was London Gatwick.
Wikipedia says that it processed 34.2m passengers in 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Gatwick_Airport

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Edit: Elmo beat me to it !

[Edited 2009-11-17 19:14:41 by signol]
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:42 am

I had always heard it was Gatwick, but I knew there are two runways, so I was confused how it was the busiest "single runway" airport. Thanks to ElmoTheHobo for explaining!
 
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:03 am

How would it work for airports with multiple runways but never more then one in use due to winds or layout?
 
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:10 am

EWR has to be in top five.

Has three but uses only 2 most of the time.
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:13 am



Quoting Ewrw4co (Reply 8):
EWR has to be in top five.

Has three but uses only 2 most of the time.

AMS has 6 runways, but only uses 1 or 2 at a time due to wind directions and noise rules.
 
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:36 am



Quoting Ewrw4co (Reply 8):


Has three but uses only 2 most of the time.

They've been using 13 a lot more lately - primarily for CoCo arrivals, but still a good bit - I've been seeing Dashes consistently buzz the train station in my several trips standing on that NJ Transit platform over the past month.
 
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:54 am



Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 4):
Actually, the honor goes to London's Gatwick.

In Europe, after LGW, the busiest single-runway airports appear to be the following, based on 2008 passenger traffic (if Wikipedia is correct):.

London Stansted - 22.4 million
Malaga - 12.8 million
Geneva - 11.5 million
London Luton - 10.2 million
Stuttgart - 9.9 million
Alicante - 9.6 million

Until it closed in 1998, Hong Kong Kai Tak may have been the world's busest single-runway airport. It handled 29.5 million passengers in 1996. Not sure what LGW's numbers were then.
 
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:08 am

For two runways, the obvious winner is LHR.

For three runways, it looks to be PEK.

For Four runways, is it CDG? (Note, I'm not certain on this, as it looks like they have passed LAX.)

Oh yea, for 5 runways the winner is ATL.  Wink

What is ORD 'official runway number' now? They've decommissioned a few of the crosswind... but I'm not certain how many 'count' at ORD. In my opinion at least 5 (hence why I list ATL).

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Quoting Homer71 (Reply 1):
For a single runway, I'm thinking SAN (18 million/year)...



Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 4):
Actually, the honor goes to London's Gatwick.

I would concur its LGW, but that is a split call as it has the 2nd physical runway...

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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:12 am

So, it goes (for single-runway airports):

London Stansted - 22.4 million
San Diego - 18.0 million
Malaga - 12.8 million
Geneva - 11.5 million
London Luton - 10.2 million
Stuttgart - 9.9 million
Alicante - 9.6 million

Any other? In North America, perhaps?

[Edited 2009-11-17 20:14:06 by addd]
 
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:21 am



Quoting Addd (Reply 13):

San Diego - 18.0 million

In SAN's defense, it is the busiest single-runway airport in the US!  Smile
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:25 am

Ok, so which airport would have the least traffic with the most runways?  eyebrow 

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Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:30 am

Now now, the number of runways in and of itself can be a bit misleading. Both LAX and SFO have four runways capable of supporting modern jets, but LAX's layout is much more favorable to simultaneous use than that of SFO  Wink
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:02 pm

I do not have any figures but pre 9/11 DCA was a very busy airport with what amounts to 1 real runway and one short.
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:31 pm

For a small runway LCY must top the list.
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:59 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 15):
Ok, so which airport would have the least traffic with the most runways?

EDW could technically have an infinite number of runways, and therefore would win.
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:21 pm



Quoting KL911 (Reply 9):

AMS has 6 runways, but only uses 1 or 2 at a time due to wind directions and noise rules.

Actually, apart from severe weather there are always 2 in operation, and mostly 3 in a 2+1 config (either 2 landing or departing runways, depending on traffic). There is a possibility for 2+2, but this has been shelved by the recent Alders Agreement between airports, airlines, government, local residents, etc etc.
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Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:25 am

Is ATL the world's only airport with 5 parallel runways?
 
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Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:08 am



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 21):
Is ATL the world's only airport with 5 parallel runways?

No, DFW has that as well (plus an additional pair of diagonal runways)
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:24 pm

DOH is pretty busy 24/7 with 14-15 million per year on its single runway!
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:41 pm

Lets not leave out LGA. Annually there is alot of people on and off
those two runways.
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:06 pm

Which airport can claim the most runways, used or not?
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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:58 pm



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 25):
Which airport can claim the most runways, used or not?

Edwards AFB has 3 normal runways, and 15 designated runways on two lakebeds for a total of 18. I suppose technically they would have an infinite number of runways on the lakebed though.
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Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:48 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 26):

Thank you.  Smile

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RE: Airports With Highest Trafic With Fewest Runwa

Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:58 pm



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 25):
Which airport can claim the most runways, used or not?

Well, ORD and DFW both have 7, and I can't think of any airport with scheduled commercial passenger service with more. There are a bunch with 6.
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