Logan International Airport Case Study

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Logan International Airport Case Study
MGCR 472: Operation Management

Executive Summary
This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current and prospective delay problems of Logan International Airport at Boston, Massachusetts. Method of analysis includes waiting line simulation and historical data tracking as well as response from both local community and Massport. Results of the data show that the major causes to delay are broken down in the following:
1. Increasing demand for annual operations
2. Adverse weather conditions, especially the northwest wind which Logan airport is not designed to accommodate at normal capacity.
3. Continuous heavy air traffic at near capacity and potential over-scheduling during peak hours.
The report finds the prospects of Logan International Airport in its current position are neither responsive to the delay problem nor well prepared for the predicted increase in passengers and operations in the upcoming years.
Recommendations discussed in the report to combat the delay issue include:
1. Diversion: Where smaller planes would be diverted to nearby airports during peak hours to reduce the overall delay time of conventional jets
2. Runway: increase the overall capacity of the airport to mitigate delay problems
3. Demand-management methods: such as peak-period pricing, incentives to divert aircraft to non-peak hours, and tradable permits of 15-minute peak-period slots.
We expect peak period pricing to be the most effective means of reducing delay time because smaller aircrafts are less able to absorb the peak period landing fee and will most likely opt to land during non-peak hours.

Problem Analysis
Logan airport is an airport that suffers from many delay issues due to the fact that it operates at capacity or over capacity during peak hours. The main cause of the delays is due to moderate or adverse weather conditions which renders either 1 or 2 of



Bibliography: “Airport Quotas and Peak Hour Pricing: Theory and Practice.” U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration, May 1976. Web. 25 March 2014. “Chapter 5: Other Approaches to Reducing Delay.” Airport System Development. n.d. Web. 25 March 2014. Conard, Linda. Virtual Skies: Airport Design. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, April 2010. Web. 25 March 2014. Federal Aviation Administration. U.S. Department of Transportation. 21 Feb. 2014. Web. 25 March 2014. “How Logan Airport Operates.” Massport and the Environment. Massport. Web. 25 March 2014. “Observed Weather Reports.” National Weather Service Forecast Office, n.d. Web. 25 March 2014 Willey, Mark. “Runway Demand Management Scheme: Brisbane Airport.” Brisbane Airport, n.d. Web. 25 March 2014. “Worcester Regional Airport.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclypedia. Web. 25 March 2014.

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