jns13 wrote:TC957 wrote:I think in years to come the demand for the A380 will resurface. Crowded skies and lack of airport gates will see to that.
Effectively, for air travel to grow in future, regional airport growth is the only way forward. The major airports will be full.
To be fair, this is pretty much exactly the argument that Airbus made when first developing/promoting the A380, and it hasn't exactly panned out that way.
That is not to mention the operational difficulties it occasions at all but the very largest, purpose built airports. LAX had to assign a vehicle to drive the entire length of the runway to check for debris after each A380 takeoff, for example, and other airports have felt it was necessary to purpose-build gates to accommodate it. Any benefit it would bring in terms of reducing number of flights into major airports in the future would, I think at least in part, be offset by the challenges to ground operations from having multiple of the aircraft on the ground at the same time.
Why did LAX have to check for debris after each takeoff? Does the A380 regularly shed parts?