Airports (31 - 40 of 55 items)
Airport Finance: Past Funding Levels May Not Be Sufficient to Cover Airports' Planned Capital Development
GAO-03-497T: Published: Feb 25, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2003.
Since Congress enacted the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21 Century (AIR-21) 3 years ago, much has changed. At that time, the focus was on reducing congestion and flight delays. Today, flights are being canceled for lack of business, two major air carriers are in bankruptcy, and attention has shifted from increasing the capacity of the national airspace system to enhan...
National Airspace System: FAA's Approach to Its New Communications System Appears Prudent, but Challenges Remain
GAO-02-710: Published: Jul 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2002.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides air-ground voice and data communications for pilots and air traffic controllers to safely coordinate all flight operations, ground movement of aircraft at airports, and in-flight separation distances between aircraft. However, the anticipated growth in air traffic, coupled with FAA's efforts to reduce air traffic delays and introduce new air traff...
Airport Infrastructure: Unresolved Issues Make It Difficult to Determine the Cost to Serve New Large Aircraft
GAO-02-251: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2002.
Airbus Industrie plans to introduce the New Large Aircraft (NLA) to U.S. airports in 2006. The Boeing 747 (B-747)is currently the largest commercial aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets standards that govern how an airport must be configured to safely serve aircraft with certain wingspans and weight. A B-747 operates under Design Group V standards, while FAA has determined that...
Mass Transit: Review of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District's Airport Extension Finance Plan
RCED-00-95R: Published: Mar 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Bay Area Rapid Transit District's (BART) finance plan for an airport extension, focusing on: (1) BART's proposed grant amendment and revised project completion schedule; and (2) the reasonableness of the assumptions contained in the finance plan.GAO noted that: (1) BART has requested that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA...
Mass Transit: Status of New Starts Transit Projects With Full Funding Grant Agreements
RCED-99-240: Published: Aug 19, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) new starts program, focusing on identifying those projects that have experienced changes in their baseline cost estimates and the reason for the changes.GAO noted that: (1) of the 14 transit projects with full funding grant agreements, 6 had experienced cost increases as of May 1999; (2) half of these 6 pr...
National Airspace System: Questions Concerning FAA's Wide Area Augmentation System
RCED-97-219R: Published: Aug 7, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to questions concerning the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System's (WAAS) development costs and the FAA's decision to replace the contractor, focusing on the: (1) history of WAAS cost estimates and major factors in cost changes; (2) history of WAAS program requirement changes and sources for these changes; (3) fact...
Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA's Modernization Program
RCED-94-167FS: Published: Apr 15, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) comprehensive effort to modernize the air traffic control system.GAO found that: (1) FAA estimates that the cost of modernization, from 1982 through 2001, will be $36.2 billion, an increase of $2.1 billion over its 1993 estimate; (2) approximately $17.8 billion of the total cost has been app...
Airline Competition: Higher Fares and Less Competition Continue at Concentrated Airports
RCED-93-171: Published: Jul 15, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of market dominance on fares and service at major U.S. airports, focusing on: (1) a comparison of fares among airports dominated by one or two airlines and those where there is more competition; (2) other factors that could explain differences in fares; (3) changes in airport concentration; and (4) changes in the level of service at air...
Aviation Noise: Costs of Phasing Out Noisy Aircraft
RCED-91-128: Published: Jul 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the economic impact of noise abatement measures on the aviation industry.GAO found that: (1) the passage of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA) may discourage some airports from adopting their own noise restrictions, since it requires that new Stage 3 aircraft restrictions not voluntarily agreed to by aircraft operators be approved by the Sec...
Airline Competition: Fares and Concentration at Small-City Airports
RCED-91-51: Published: Jan 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined fares and competition at 39 airports serving small cities to determine whether: (1) fares from small-city airports were higher than fares from major airports; (2) market concentration at small-city airports was associated with higher fares; and (3) market concentration at major destination airports affected fares on routes from small-city airports...