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Airport Performance — Ronald Reagan Washington National

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the 26th busiest airport in North America in terms of passenger traffic, which grew 4.4% in 2012 to reach 19.6 million. The number of operations (landings and take-offs) increased in 2012 by 2.3%, to 288,176. In 2012, just under 6,000 metric tons (6,556 U.S. tons) of cargo passed through DCA's facilities, a decrease of 4.8% from the previous year.

US Airways has the largest share of traffic at the airport, followed by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Several NextGen capabilities and enabling improvements have been implemented, including Airport Surface Detection Equipment — Model X, Optimized Profile Descent, Performance Based Navigation procedures, and basic rerouting.

All airport information shown above is reported by Calendar Year (CY); results in the table below are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30.

Efficiency ScorecardView as Charts

Performance Indicator (FY) 2009 2010 2011 2012
Average Gate Arrival Delay
Minutes per Flight

During reportable hours, the yearly average of the difference between the Actual Gate-In Time and the Scheduled Gate-In Time for flights to the selected airport from any of the Aviation System Performance Metrics (ASPM) airports. The delay for each fiscal year is calculated based on the 0.5 - 99.5 percentile of the distributions for the year. Flights may depart outside reportable hours, but must arrive during them. The reportable hours vary by airport.

1.7 0.6 3.0 1.0
Average Gate to Gate Time
Minutes per Flight

During reportable hours, the yearly average of the difference between the Actual Gate-In Time at the selected airport and the Actual Gate-Out time at the origin (any Aviation System Performance Metrics (ASPM) airport). Flights may depart outside reportable hours, but must arrive during them. Reportable hours vary by airport.

113.0 115.3 116.1 118.0
Average Number of Level-offs Per Flight
Count per Flight

The count of instances of level-offs as flights descend from cruise altitudes to the arrival airport, averaged for the fiscal year.

    3.5 3.4
Distance in Level Flight from Top of Descent to Runway Threshold
Nautical Miles per Flight

The distance flown in level flight as flights descend from cruise altitudes to the arrival airport, averaged for the fiscal year.

    53.1 51.9
Taxi-In Time
Minutes per Flight

During reportable hours, the yearly average of the difference between Wheels-On Time and Gate-In Time for flights arriving at the selected airport from any of the Aviation System Performance Metrics (ASPM) airports. Flights may depart outside reportable hours, but must arrive during them. The reportable hours vary by airport.

5.2 5.4 5.6 5.1
Taxi-Out Time
Minutes per Flight

During reportable hours, the yearly average of the difference between Gate-Out Time and Wheels-Off time for flights from the selected airport to any of the Aviation System Performance Metrics (ASPM) airports. Flights must depart during reportable hours, but may arrive outside them. The reportable hours vary by airport.

17.9 17.7 18.0 17.3

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Efficiency addresses the operational and economic cost-effectiveness of gate-to-gate flight operations from a single-flight perspective. In all phases of flight, airspace users want to depart and arrive at the times they select and fly the trajectory they determine to be optimum.

Destination 2025 Targets (2018)

  • Improve efficiency by 10 percent (average) for Core Airports using airspace optimization and Performance-Based Navigation, measured by the reduction of distance in level flight from top of descent to runway threshold.

 

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