The FAA is redesigning airspace and addressing airspace inefficiencies, introducing new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures and making use of Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) to make the Charlotte Metroplex airspace more efficient and improving access to its airports. The effort focuses on a number of airports, including Columbia Metropolitan (CAE), Charlotte-Douglas International (CLT), Piedmont Triad International (GSO), Greenville-Spartanburg International (GSP), Concord Regional (JQF), and Raleigh-Durham International (RDU).

All results are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30.

Charlotte Average Daily Metroplex Traffic (FY09–FY13)

Source: Operational Network (OPSNET)

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Commercial Air Carriers
General Aviation
Average Daily Traffic
FY Commercial Air Carrier General Aviation Military Total Operations
2009 2,150 489 32 2,671
2010 2,091 494 31 2,617
2011 2,160 528 34 2,723
2012 2,164 517 34 2,716
2013 2,158 503 34 2,696

Average Daily Scheduled Flights

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)/Air Carrier Statistics Database

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Average Daily Scheduled Flights
FY 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Scheduled Flights 1,999 1,959 2,046 2,028 1,890

Projected Annual Benefits

Source: FAA

$10.2 Million

Value of Fuel Savings

3.7 Million Gallons

Fuel Savings

35.0 Thousand Metric Tons

Carbon Savings

These are annual benefits expected to accrue upon completion of the NextGen near-term procedural improvements implemented by the FAA's Metroplex program. They are based on the FAA's preliminary assessment of proposed airspace improvements compared to operations in a year before any improvements were made. The value of the projected fuel savings is based on prevailing fuel prices at the time the analysis was conducted and could therefore differ from values used for other metroplexes. The data estimates are current as of July 2013.

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