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Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:31 am

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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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:59 am

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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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:29 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
I believe its gatwick or San Diego.

I believe Gatwick still holds the title.
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:53 am

At one time, you might have considered HKG (Kai Tak) up there...
 
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:47 pm

Kai Tak would probably be up there, remember that picture with the 747 taking off and another one right on its tail (expect late landing Clearance)
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:02 pm

san deigo over 330 flights a days
 
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:35 am

Gatwick is easily in 1st place with almost 700 movements per day
 
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:36 pm

How is the traffic flow generally in Gatwick, is it quite busy, many go-arounds? Lots of Holding for incoming aircraft?
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:25 am

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.

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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:36 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
. I believe its gatwick

That's right

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
How do the Controllers manage to separate aircraft (landing and Departing)

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.

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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:22 pm

I wouldn't have expected Kai Tak to have been able to handle the minimum spacing of arrivals due to the complicated approach involved.
 
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RE: Busiest Single Runway Use Airport

Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:41 am

Kai Tak might have required a nice turn on short final, but the aircraft on approach still fly at the same speed. You can still get a departure out between the arrivals if there's a few miles gap.

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