Airport Capacity:

Synopses of Major Studies

RCED-92-117FS: Published: Feb 5, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO summarized the 14 major airspace capacity-enhancement studies produced since 1987.

GAO noted that the options that the studies presented for enhancing or expanding domestic airspace capacity included: (1) developing and implementing new aviation technology to promote more efficient air traffic movement at and around airports; (2) implementing demand management techniques to redistribute demand for services at congested airports; (3) using underutilized airports; (4) expanding existing airports; (5) modifying existing air traffic procedures to allow a greater volume of traffic during adverse weather conditions; (6) developing new aircraft with higher passenger capacities or the capability to operate on much shorter runways; (7) developing a national airport plan that would identify and set priorities for airports essential to the national aviation system; (8) studying the feasibility of remote transfer airports; (9) promoting airport defederalization/privatization; (10) building new airports; and (11) developing high-speed surface transportation to relieve airport congestion for trips of 200 to 700 miles.

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