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Volume

6

Issue

2

Publisher

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract

Projections of future air travel indicate that the capacity of the existing airport and air traffic control system will be outstripped. Despite the many benefits of hubbing for airlines and passengers, increased aircraft operations at major hubs imply some disadvantages that include congestion delay, increased workload on air traffic controllers, noise, and pollution. This paper presents a framework for assessing the role of aircraft technology in relieving congestion at major hubs and enhancing system capacity. The proposed model can be used as a tool in assessing capital investments in the air transportation infrastructure, support for new aircraft technology, and creation of new services by air carriers.

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