Cover: The Efficient Use of Airport Runway Capacity in a Time of Scarcity

The Efficient Use of Airport Runway Capacity in a Time of Scarcity

Published 1969

by Alan Carlin, Rolla Edward Park

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback265 pages $55.00

An examination of the extent and nature of the airplane delay problem and alternative short-term policies to increase the efficiency of runway use. Relevant data, mainly from the three major New York airports for the period April 1967 through March 1968, are investigated and a simple queueing model is presented. Calculations show total delays during the one-year period of 3.3 million minutes at Kennedy, .9 million at La Guardia, and .7 million at Newark. Efficiency could be improved by a system of proportional marginal cost pricing, which would change the basis for runway use fees from aircraft weight to hour of day, and by administrative measures involving elimination of some or all general aviation. A combination of these strategies would be even more efficient, as would a policy of issuing short-term permits during particular hours according to use. (See also RM-5815, RM-5816, RM-5818, RM-5819.)

This report is part of the RAND research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of RAND from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.