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.
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) 2009–2016, while two of the efficiency metrics offer data for FY 2011–2016.
For more information please see the NextGen Operational Performance Assessment.