John-Paul B. Clarke - Articles and news items
Issue 5 2010 • 1 October 2010 • Hamsa Balakrishnan, John-Paul Clarke, Eric Feron, and Marc Pélegrin
Airport infrastructure capacity is rapidly being approached in many cities around the world. Environmental factors, such as acoustic and chemical emissions, are increasingly less tolerated by neighbouring communities. The net result is that new means must be found that deliver more aircraft to the airspace with less environmental impact on the community, while maintaining the current level of safety enjoyed by air transportation. In this article, we investigate a few promising options to decrease the environmental footprint of airports.
Air traffic delays due to congestion in the National Airspace System (NAS) are a source of unnecessary cost to airlines, passengers, and air transportation dependent businesses. Congestion is estimated to cost the aviation industry, passengers, and shippers approximately $10 billion per year. This cost can be further segregated into a $6 billion impact upon direct airline operating costs and a $4 billion impact upon the value of collective passenger time.