Case Analysis : Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

1187 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) officially opened on July 3, 1925, with two 1,500-foot dirt strips set at right angles, and has evolved into the busiest airport in the world today. The complexities that surround airside operations enable the airport to support current flight operations. At the same time, modern facility and system upgrades will boost efficiency and preserve its international ranking. First and foremost, in order for Hartsfield-Jackson to sustain the estimated 4,500 flight operations per day, it must have an adequate runway configuration. It now has a total of five parallel runways, one of which was built over top a local interstate highway. As shown in figure 1, the runways are positioned on either side of seven passenger concourses, which provides quick access and options for departing and arriving aircraft. This basic diagram illustrates the centralized location of the control tower, provides for the best visibility and situational awareness. Figure 2 is a more detailed diagram that includes the network of taxiways that lead to each runway. Runways 08R/28L and 09L/27R are primarily used for departures, while runways 08L/26R and 09R/27L are used primarily for arrivals (AirNAV.net, 2016). For all runways, touch and go operations, low approaches, and practice instrument approaches are not permitted. With just four runways, ATL was one of the most delay-impacted airports in the United States. Runway 10/28 opened in 2006 as…

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