Essay on Logan Airport
This report aims to analyze and attempt to reduce Logan airport’s delay problem in the year 2000. The airport was experiencing unacceptable numbers of delays due to three main problems: 1) Weather conditions, 2) Mix of aircrafts, and 3) Overscheduling. Under normal weather, the three-runway configuration is sufficient to handle incoming and outgoing planes. However, the delay problem at Logan is the most acute during …show more content…
Furthermore, operation capacity at Logan Airport in 2000 was 120 operations per hour under normal weather conditions, and 3-runway configuration is used under normal weather conditions. Assuming that each runway has the same capacity, which is 40 operations per hour, thereby the average processing time per runway is 1/40*60 = 1.5 minutes.
Based on the numbers given in the case, annual operation at the airport was projected to be 510,000 to 656,000 in 2015. For analysis purposes, we take the average of the projected demand for 2015, which is (510,000 + 656,000) ÷ 2 = 583,000, and calculate average operations per hour to be 66.55. For comparison purposes, we decided to use the data from the august weekday operation pattern for 2000, because it was given in the case in greater detail.
Table 1.1 Demand Patterns in August 2000 Period | Inflow Rate (Ri) | Outflow Rate (Rp)** | Buildup Rate | Utilization | 12am-4am | 15 | 160 | 0