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Empirical Analysis of Airport Capacity Enhancement Impacts A Case Study of DFW Airport Mark Hansen Institute of Transportation Studies National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research University of California Berkeley Berkeley California Ph 510 642 2880 Fax 510 642 1246 hansen ce berkeley edu Jacob Tsao Institute of Transportation Studies National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research University of California Berkeley Berkeley California Ph 510 643 5635 Fax 510 642 1246 tsao euler berkeley edu Sheng Chen Alex Huang Institute of Transportation Studies National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research University of California Berkeley Berkeley California Ph 510 642 5896 Fax 510 642 1246 schuang ce berkeley edu Wenbin Wei Institute of Transportation Studies National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research University of California Berkeley Berkeley California Ph 510 643 2975 Fax 510 642 1246 wenbin ce berkeley edu July 1998 Word Count Word Count Abstract Text 2 Tables 8 Figures 250 4679 500 2000 7179 ABSTRACT This paper assesses the impact of a major expansion in airfield capacity at DallasFort Worth DFW airport In October 1996 a new runway was commissioned and the airspace was entirely reconfigured Our study of the benefits of the expansion is retrospective and based on empirical data and hence provides a useful check on predictive and model based studies Also it pays considerable attention to adaptations made by airlines Central questions in our research are whether operational impacts and airline adaptations can be observed in the DFW case and how to define metrics that may capture them We developed several new metrics and used them in conjunction with existing metrics to measure the impacts and adaptations We found that average effective travel time from the scheduled departure time to the actual arrival at DFW and hence the average delay did decrease after the capacity expansion but only under inclement weather



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