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Hub Airport Flight Banks Times

Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:53 am

Hello all,
I did a quick search on this topic but could not find any threads, so here goes...

it is known that at hub airports there are peak operations and dead time in between when operations run at low gear. Or even no ops at all (e.g., night curfews).

I wondered how does the airport, from a planning perspective categorize these time periods?
I made a short list that goes like this:
1 05:01-09:30 Morning
2 09:31-12:00 Day
3 12:01-16:00 Noon
4 16:01-18:00 Afternoon
5 18:01-00:00 Evening
6 00:01-05:00 Night

Is it a correct clustering?
Is it different in the "real world"? If so, how does it look?


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RE: Hub Airport Flight Banks Times

Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:06 pm

The times listed below are those which have been deemed 'Peak Congestion' as by the CAA for London Gatwick

MON 0600-0755 1000-1555
TUE 0600-0755 1000-1255 1500-1555 1800-1855
WED 0600-0755 1000-1255 1400-1855
THU 0600-0755 1000-1055 1400-1655 1800-1855
FRI 0600-0755 0900-1855
SAT 0600-0755 1000-1555
SUN 1000-1655 1800-1855

Had a brief look and afraid I can't find any information for any other UK airports. This is from a NOTAM which is currently published until the end of the summer season. I would imagine that at an airport such as LHR it's unnecessary seeing as it's operating at capacity. However LHR night restrictions apply from 2300-0700 local time.


[Edited 2013-08-27 06:14:30]
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RE: Hub Airport Flight Banks Times

Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:55 pm

How do the CAA name the other time periods?

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RE: Hub Airport Flight Banks Times

Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:43 pm

This is what MAN states:

"Off-Peak Period for FY13/14 the following time periods are classified as Off-Peak; 05:30 to 06:59, 13:00 to 15:59 and 19:00 to 22:59. For Freight Aircraft the Off-Peak Periods are 05:30 to 06:29, 10:00 to 15:59 and 20:00 to 22:59."

doesn't quite line up with 23L/05R opening times which are currently 06:30-10:30 and 13:00-20:00 (slighty extended hours of operation from Mondays to Fridays until October!)

Quoting An225 (Reply 2):
How do the CAA name the other time periods?

Think it's generally

Off Peak

"Shoulder" presumably being the hour or two just before and just after the peak period

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