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Measuring the Performance of Airports

Airport performance is crucial to air traffic controllers, airports, and airlines as they plan schedules and anticipate traffic levels. Airline operators, for example, prefer to set departure and arrival times, and the flight routes of their choice. Knowing how long an aircraft must wait to depart, operators can plan for the impacts to fuel burn, emissions, and the passenger experience. The FAA measures and reports on airport performance at locations where NextGen technologies have been implemented.

Airport Locations

Marquee location legend icon - The Marquee Location pages, highlighted with yellow dots, contain additional information to show how implemented NextGen capabilities are impacting operations at these airports and how they relate to the National Airspace System (NAS).

List of Airport Locations

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

Performance is reported based on efficiency and capacity at the FAA's 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, the FAA measures an airport's daily capacity, as well as airlines' scheduled versus actual flight time performance. In addition to improvements from NextGen capabilities, a myriad of 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) 2009–2017, while two of the efficiency metrics offer data for FY 2011–2017.

For more information please see the NextGen Operational Performance Assessment.

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This page was originally published at: https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/snapshots/airport/