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Airport Surface Efficiency Group


The Airport Surface Efficiency Group manages programs that aim to improve coordination and communication among parties involved in aircraft surface operations, which can reduce delays and environmental impacts, and create a better, more reliable experience for flight operators and the flying public.

The group acts as a single point of accountability and, authority, and is responsible for defining and unifying cross-agency operational and information needs focused on enhancing surface efficiencies among FAA and industry stakeholders that will ultimately provide the flying public better reliability and a more satisfying experience.



  • Share real-time and forecast operational information that will enable stakeholders to understand the current status of the airport operation. "Getting the right information to the right people at the right time."
  • Strategic management of airport surface movement and aircraft departure queues to avoid excessive taxi-out times, improve departure efficiency and reduce harmful emissions.
  • Management of arrival traffic flows to increase throughput and to coordinate arrival and departure demand.
  • Analysis, measurement and monitoring capabilities for use in the quantitative measurement of data quality, compliance and performance of all stakeholders, as well as collaborative assessment of operational performance.
  • Global harmonization and eventual interoperability among the various international models.

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