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Airport systems: planning, design, and management by Richard de Neufville, Amedeo Odoni, Peter Belobaba, Tom

By Richard de Neufville, Amedeo Odoni, Peter Belobaba, Tom Reynolds

* the recent commonplace on airport platforms planning,design, and administration * presents recommendations to the main urgent airport issues: growth, site visitors, surroundings, additions, and so forth. * complete insurance of computer-based instruments and technique * extra studies and updates on hand through authors' web site (20041011)

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As airport activities are increasingly operated as franchises to large international companies, they will be less run as municipal departments or local authorities. The operators will be pushing toward the best standards available, and ineffective practices will be reduced. The international companies will also be large enough to train personnel efficiently and recruit ambitious managers who wish to succeed in a large international company. They should be able to diffuse best practices across their organization by promoting and transferring their most effective planners, designers, and managers.

New criteria for performance and design are becoming dominant. Business management in a market economy is replacing government ownership in a regulated environment. An increased orientation to profits and economic efficiency is overtaking political considerations. The standard practice for most of the twentieth century was that government bodies owned, built, and operated the airports. In the United States, local cities or regional airport authorities normally ran the airports. Outside the United States, ministries of transport or aviation or their dependencies typically ran the airports.

Will it substitute for business travel by permitting virtual face-to-face contacts? Will it facilitate globalization and thereby increase overall passenger-miles traveled? What will be the next effect of changing work patterns? Will casual Fridays turn into 3-day weekends and encourage more travel? Will an increasingly wealthy and healthy elder population be inclined to travel more? Alternatively, will long-term concerns about terrorism and security permanently affect worldwide travel patterns?

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