Measuring the Performance of Airports

The FAA measures and reports the performance of airports where NextGen technologies have been implemented. Airport performance results provide crucial information to air traffic controllers, airports and airlines and help them plan schedules and anticipate traffic levels.

Airline operators prefer to set departure and arrival times and the flight routes of their choice. And knowing how long an aircraft must wait to depart, operators can plan for the impacts to fuel burn, emissions and the passenger experience.

The NPS reports the performance, based on efficiency and capacity, of the Core 30 Airports. These are airports in major metropolitan areas with the highest volume of traffic. Complex, high-density operations are the breeding ground for traffic congestion and delays.

To identify areas where improvements can be made, we measure an airport's daily capacity as well as airlines' scheduled versus actual flight time performance. In addition to improvements from NextGen capabilities, myriad factors influence those metrics, including weather, aircraft types, traffic volume and runway conditions.

Most airport metrics in this section are available for fiscal years (FY) 2009-2013, while two efficiency metrics report data for FY 2011-2013.

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Airport Locations

Airport Locations
Airport Name Airport Abbreviation
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport BWI
Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport BOS
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport CLT
Chicago Midway International Airport MDW
Chicago O'Hare International Airport ORD
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW
Denver International Airport DEN
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport DTW
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport FLL
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL
Honolulu International Airport HNL
Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH
Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport LAS
Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Memphis International Airport MEM
Miami International Airport MIA
Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport MSP
New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK
New York - La Guardia Airport LGA
Newark Liberty International Airport EWR
Orlando International Airport MCO
Philadelphia International Airport PHL
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport DCA
Salt Lake City International Airport SLC
San Diego International Airport SAN
San Francisco International Airport SFO
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SEA
Tampa International Airport TPA
Washington Dulles International Airport IAD

List of Airport Locations