Different Motivations, Different Solutions

  • Richard de Neufville


A usual working hypothesis among airport planners is that they share common goals and problems. The assumption seems reasonable enough. The airlines use only a small variety of aircraft, almost all of which come from a few major manufacturers. The aircraft using the airports thus tend to be alike, and impose similar requirements for the length, width, slope and thickness of the runways, taxiways and parking areas. Passengers are also all about the same size and have the same physical needs. International regulations furthermore force air travelers to carry nearly the same amount of baggage and to follow comparable procedures when they arrive at the terminal to check in for a flight. It is therefore plausible for airport designers to feel that they all share the same difficulties and should work together toward their solution.


Public Interest Unitary Concept National Attitude Airport Authority European Airport 
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© Richard de Neufville 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard de Neufville
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  1. 1.Center for Transportation StudiesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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