Delta Air Lines Airport & Airspace Capacity Case Study

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Delta Air Lines Airport & Airspace Capacity Case Study
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the largest airports in the world and is the main hub for Delta Air Lines, one of the largest airlines in the world. This case study will examine the relationship between demand and capacity for the home hub of Delta Air Lines. Future predictions for air travel estimate enormous growth rates as high as 50% by the year 2025. Airlines, airports, and the entire air-travel infrastructure will be challenged with the task of keeping up with this level of demand as we move towards the future.
Today, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is known to be one the busiest airports in the world. Over 250,000 passengers arrive and depart daily to over 225 different locations around the world. Roughly 50 different transport and cargo airlines operate from ATL however Delta Air Lines (headquartered in Atlanta, GA) calls this hub home. ATL is also the primary location of TechOps which is Delta’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul team that services Delta’s air fleet and the fleets of many other airlines. ATL has five runways ranging from 9,000 – 12,000ft in length and ratings of category I – category III. The ATL terminal is 130 acres in area with 7 concourses and 207 gates. ATL is within a 2 hour flight of 80% of the U.S. making the hub a very strong central location point for many origins of travel.
The aviation industry has been aware of the large growth trends in air-travel for many years and has set about performing detailed simulations of future requirements. Forecasters use Peak Month Average Weekday (PMAWD) and Design Day Flight Schedule (DDFS) datasets in conjuncture with advanced software to glimp...

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...ich is predicted by the FAA, then larger changes will likely be in line for ATL and other hubs.

Works Cited

Hartsfield –Jackson Atlanta International Airport (n.d.). ATL Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Airport/ATL/ATL_Factsheet.aspx Hartsfield –Jackson Atlanta International Airport (n.d.). Case Study. Airport Master Plan – Demand/Capacity Analysis and Facility Requirements Summary. Retrieved from http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Airport/MasterPlan/ATL-FacReqts-DRAFT-Summary-101113.pdf Hartsfield –Jackson Atlanta International Airport (n.d.). Case Study. Atlanta Metropolitan Aviation Capacity Study Phase II. Retrieved from http://www.atlanta-airport.com/docs/Airport/AMACSExecutiveSummary.pdf Federal Aviation Administration (n.d.). NextGen. NextGen Implementation Plan 2013. Retrieved from
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