Measuring Operational Results From NextGen
Integrating NextGen capabilities to transform the National Airspace System is a complex effort that requires the FAA to continuously measure and report our progress. This website highlights qualitative and quantitative NextGen performance measures, focusing on locations where NextGen capabilities enhance airspace performance and emphasizing the link between investments and benefits.
  • A NextGen route from Los Angeles to Florida is shown on a map next to a conventional route.

    NextGen Creates New Paths Over Gulf of Mexico

    Would you rather spend two hours on the plane or two hours on the beach? NextGen-equipped aircraft heading to Fort Lauderdale can avoid long reroutes around thunderstorms and fly the fastest route across the Gulf of Mexico.

  • This is the logo of the Charles M. Schulz Airport in Sonoma County, featuring Snoopy the cartoon.

    NextGen Ain't Peanuts at Snoopy's Airport

    Pilots pass Woodstock, Lucy and Pigpen on their way to Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport in Northern California. These are the names of the waypoints that guide them along the NextGen approach path to the runway.

  • The airspace surrounding large metropolitan areas.

    Metroplex: Improving Traffic Flow in Complex Airspace

    NextGen is making it easier for air traffic to fly to and from airports in metroplexes across the United States. A metroplex is a metropolitan area where airports in close proximity make for complex airspace. See how metroplexes work and their expected NextGen benefits.

  • NextGen technologies allow pilots to fly precision routes in mountainous areas.

    A 'Win-Win' at Jackson Hole

    Nestled in the mountains of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming is one of the most scenic airports in the world — and one of the most difficult to get to. Luckily, a new NextGen procedure makes the approach to the airport safer, faster and avoids noise-sensitive areas.

  • NextGen departures mean only one minute between takeoffs. Conventional takeoffs are three minutes apart.

    Off the Ground and into the Air Faster with NextGen at DFW

    What difference do two nautical miles make? At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport it means an increase in departures of 15-20 percent per hour made possible by a NextGen procedure that safely reduces the distance between departing aircraft.

  • Cockpit technology alerts pilots if there is a potential conflict in the air.

    Better Collision Avoidance with NextGen

    For two decades, aircraft collision avoidance warning systems have been providing the last line of defense in preventing mid-air accidents. As NextGen capabilities are improving the efficiency of air travel, we are upgrading the collision avoidance system to keep up with the new ways we fly.

View Performance Indicators

Across the National Airspace System

As NextGen moves toward full implementation, the benefits of new capabilities and procedures that enhance passengers' experience and improve safety will grow. It is crucial to track the progress of those benefits to ensure that we provide improvements that make the kinds of impacts we need. Explore what NextGen is bringing to you and what you can expect from this monumental undertaking.

Airports

Even as we bring NextGen initiatives online at new airports, many airports are already taking advantage of NextGen procedures. Here is the progress for 30 airports.

Metroplexes

NextGen is improving traffic flow in metroplexes: metropolitan areas where airports in close proximity make for complex airspace. See how metroplexes work and their expected NextGen benefits.

City Pairs

For airline operators, city-pair performance is the most direct way to connect two markets. View gate-to-gate times for city pairs in metroplexes across the United States.

What's New?

Winter 2014

Don't miss the new metroplex section, highlighting the FAA's initiative to improve air traffic flow in busy metropolitan areas. The section includes an overview of the FAA's metroplex concept, information about the metroplexes identified by the FAA and the aviation community, and the projected annual benefits associated with the FAA's Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex program.

Specific Updates

  • New Key Performance Indicators:
    • Effective Gate-to-Gate Time
    • Effective Gate-to-Gate Time Predictability
    • Average Daily Capacity
  • Calendar year 2012 Environmental data
  • Fiscal year 2013 Efficiency, City Pair and Access data