By Richard De Neufville
London 1976. Hardcover. 8vo, 201pp., index, forums. VG, moderate bleeding alongside best part and marking on best fore-edge, the rest mark on reduce fore-edge, in VG DJ, a couple of gentle stains on area.
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And airport planning is not carried out in favorable circumstances. Extreme variability in the rate, and frequently even in the nature or location of the growth in air traffic compounds the problems associated with the stress of rapid change. An equally important feature of air, and indeed of all other forms of transport, is our inability to predict traffic demands accurately. There can consequently be little confidence in any statements about what level of investment may be needed, at what time, to service traffic.
As the airlines have been unable to compete on price they have fought to attract passengers on the basis of convenience and service. Their airport facilities are a key ingredient in this contest. To understand airport planning in the United States we have to visualize passenger terminals as marketing devices. They are not designed primarily for either economy or efficiency: they represent advertising for the airlines and are prized for uniqueness and luxury. Hence the high cost of American facilities which was mentioned earlier.
By permitting airports to use their limited income to pay for much greater loans, it encourages premature and thus wasteful investments. It is doubtful that Dallas/Fort Worth would have been built so large, so soon if cut-rate money had not been available. Certainly, the Aeroport de Paris could not have afforded to build the runways for the Paris/de Gaulle Airport over two years before the opening without public assistance. It should now be clear that the airport planning processes in Britain, France and the United States are not the same.
Airport Systems Planning: A Critical Look at the Methods and Experience by Richard De Neufville