cvgComair wrote:ADrum23 wrote:cvgComair wrote:CVG has also significantly delayed the master plan schedule by about 6 months:
Prepare Aviation Activity Forecasts – Under FAA Review
Inventory Existing Conditions – Spring 2018
Develop Facility Requirements/Needs – Spring 2018
Develop Passenger Terminal Plan – Summer 2018
Develop Airfield and Roadway/Parking Plans – Summer 2018
Prepare Financial Feasibility Plan – Fall 2018
Create Implementation Plan – Fall 2018
Evaluate Environmental Implications – Fall 2018
Master Plan Reports – Spring 2019
All this delaying makes me wonder what is going on behind the scenes at DHL/Amazon. The amount of time they have been planning is crazy, in total they are scheduled to have worked on it for over 2 years. Given the recent purchases of land, I have a feeling the facility is going to be even bigger than was originally announced.
Three things I will be looking for in this plan.
1. Due to the increased traffic from DHL/Amazon, will the east-west runway proposal be brought back? Or will widening the existing runways be enough?
2. Will they still consider unifying the concourses into one (expect bigger now that CVG pax numbers are going up)?
3. What will they do with the existing rental car lots once the CONRAC is finished? Perhaps replacing the hotel over there could be in the cards?
I am also interested to see what the runway/taxiway plan is going forward. The operation flow is heavily optimized for passenger traffic and is going to create some crazy long taxi times from much of the Amazon facility. Another east/west runway would help significantly, especially since 18R/36L is kind of short for widebody takeoffs. With noise considerations, departures to the west minimize the populations affected by noise. The airport is also going to get a ton of complaints once they start up 3 simultaneous arrivals on 18L/C/R, especially when the bulk of the traffic being large widebodies.
I also want to see what the plans to handle increasing O&D passengers are. As it stands, there are not enough ticket counters, the security area is too congested, and there is not enough parking.
They should have done another E/W Runway as opposed to building 18R/36L, but then again, who knew back in the 2003-2005 timeframe things would be as they are today? They probably could build another E/W runway easily from the insane amount of landing fees they are collecting from DHL/Amazon.
As far as the terminal area, I believe in the 2007 master plan (before the hub drawdown kicked into overdrive around 2008-2009 timeframe) they had medium term plans to expand the ticketing area to the west, but it would appear the new CONRAC will now preclude that. Maybe to the east? Parking could be accomplished by rebuilding the former rental car area into another parking lot once the CONRAC is finished.
I've come to this conclusion about the concourses: Once the DL lease is up on B in 2020, CVG should consider demolishing both A & B long term and replacing them with a one new unified concourse with a modern design. The concourse would have 55 gates, 5 more than they have now between A & B. This would allow room for growth, but I don't think CVG will need more gates than that for the foreseeable future. Other similar sized airports have between 35-50 gates on average, so they would be above average. Plus, how many gates will the carriers need in the future?
The current A & B layout was designed for a hub operation and since the airport is now O&D focused, they should design a new terminal with that in mind. I would keep the underground walkway though, but remove the people mover and simply replace it with new moving sidewalks. I know this is kind of similar to what they were proposing in the last master plan, but it would be larger and more sophisticated.