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Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:08 am

Which airports are operating at 90-100% capacity in the continental U.S.A.?
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:27 am

AUS - Austin, TX. The recent terminal expansion increased capacity by 36%, but the projected number of passengers is expected to supersede the expansion benefit.
https://www.gensler.com/projects/austin ... -expansion
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:45 am

Capacity is defined in many ways. Which definition are you using?
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:53 am

SEA has got to make this list, regardless of how capacity is being measured! :lol:
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:55 am

If using passenger gate capacity as a metric, TPA is getting up there. Construction on new Airside D won't start until 2023 as part of the "Phase 3" master plan expansion.
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:57 am

In terms of gate capacity, I suppose DFW?
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:57 am

Airfield capacity? Terminal/gate space capacity?
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:01 am

Isn't BNA pretty gate limited?
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:19 am

Well, LGA, JFK, SNA, and DCA are slot controlled. EWR was formerly and basically still is de facto slot controlled at peak times. ORD is not and hasn’t been for many years. But there aren’t many airports in America that are truly slot controlled.
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:20 am

Unless you make the entire airport CUTE, it's hard to be running at full capacity gate-wise. With that being said, just look where big construction projects (that are adding gates) are being done to find which airports are probably running at capacity....with the exceptions being DAL and slot-controlled airports.
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:21 am

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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:26 am

SAN? One runway airport in a city the size of San Diego surely got to be running at almost full limits.
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:28 am

LAX and SEA for sure. UA is shifting flights from EWR to IAD due to capacity issues. IAH always seems pretty full as does BNA. DAL is also the subject to a lot of slot issues IIRC.
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:39 am

Aspen on days like today. Ground stops because they run out of pavement.
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:34 am

ATCJesus wrote:
Aspen on days like today. Ground stops because they run out of pavement.


ASE period. Even on good WX days it is still near capacity during the Winter.

I concur with those that say SEA (no matter how you measure it) and EWR.

BUR was running at capacity until WN cutback to appease the locals, SNA runs at capacity overnight (hence the reason why overnight parking spaces are part of the slot process), DCA (regardless of slots) is running pretty high up there as well due to limited real estate.
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:39 am

SFO... If there the slightest of weather (it seems), then half of the runways are effectively shut down. This causing cascading delays and cancellations for United.
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:05 am

What about Chicago? Every time I fly there the airport seems to be extremely congested and taxi times can take quite a lot of time.
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:45 am

If you were to ask that question to any US airport manager today, just about all would say they are at or near capacity. Perhaps the better question is what airport with regular air service with say 20 flights or more is not at or near capacity?
 
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Re: Airports operating at capacity in the United States

Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:26 am

MCO's current design thruput is 45 million passengers per year
MCO's original design thruput was 25 million passengers per year
MCO's current actual thruput is 50 million passengers per year.

There are several factors the go into figuring airport capacity. Any one can be a limiting factor therefore limiting airport capacity.

Factors include:

Airspace capacity (considerations: weather and infringing airports or other airspace restrictions)
Runway capacity (weather and number of, length of and configuration of)
Taxiway capacity (number of and configuration of)
Aircraft gates or parking positions (number of, type of and configuration of)
Passenger holdrooms (raw size, for seating and process enplaning and deplaning)
FIS thruput (if required)
Security Checkpoints (passenger thruput, queuing space, configuration)
Passenger Check-in and processing (number and capacity of counters and queuing space)
Passenger baggage handling system (bag belts and carousels for departing and arriving bags processing)
Passenger arrival and departure curbs (length and configuration)
Arrival and departure roadways (capacity and configuration, recirculation rates)
Airport entrance and exit roadways (ease of use and thruput)
Parking capacity (raw available spaces for passenger and employees)
Ground Transportation (availability and variety)

I'm sure I missed a couple, but gives you the idea of the many factors, again, any one (or multiple) can be limiting.
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