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Old September 25th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Why are all UK airports so small compared to other similar usage airports around the world...

Why are all UK airports so small compared to other similar usage airports around the world...

When ever I look around the US, all their airports are huge with several runways...

Heathrow and Manchester are the only airports to have more than 1 full length runway, they both have 2. Gatwick and Stanstead, both very busy only have 1.

Indianapolis Airport with its 7.5 million (Stansted has 18.5 with 1 runway) passengers has 3 runways, altho only 2 are parallel, but still all that for not a lot of usage...

Chicago O'Hare 67million passengers, roughly the same as Heathrow but has 7 runways!

Most regional US airports seem to have atleast 2 full size runways, whilst most UK airports have 1, and even then only about 2200m length even though the usage is pretty high!

I really don't know the answer to this, maybe its lack of space? Its not lack of usage!
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Old September 25th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Why are all UK airports so small compared to other similar usage airports around the world...

When ever I look around the US, all their airports are huge with several runways...

Heathrow and Manchester are the only airports to have more than 1 full length runway, they both have 2. Gatwick and Stanstead, both very busy only have 1.

Indianapolis Airport with its 7.5 million (Stansted has 18.5 with 1 runway) passengers has 3 runways, altho only 2 are parallel, but still all that for not a lot of usage...

Chicago O'Hare 67million passengers, roughly the same as Heathrow but has 7 runways!

Most regional US airports seem to have atleast 2 full size runways, whilst most UK airports have 1, and even then only about 2200m length even though the usage is pretty high!

I really don't know the answer to this, maybe its lack of space? Its not lack of usage!
i have not studied the details. I suspect some of the multiple runways are to also to cater to different wind conditions/directions, not just to provide the capacity.

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Old September 25th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #3
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What does surprise me is terminal size comparing US and European airports. Even the smallest airport has jetbridges etc.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 11:39 PM   #4
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Why are all UK airports so small compared to other similar usage airports around the world...

When ever I look around the US, all their airports are huge with several runways...

Heathrow and Manchester are the only airports to have more than 1 full length runway, they both have 2. Gatwick and Stanstead, both very busy only have 1.

Indianapolis Airport with its 7.5 million (Stansted has 18.5 with 1 runway) passengers has 3 runways, altho only 2 are parallel, but still all that for not a lot of usage...

Chicago O'Hare 67million passengers, roughly the same as Heathrow but has 7 runways!

Most regional US airports seem to have atleast 2 full size runways, whilst most UK airports have 1, and even then only about 2200m length even though the usage is pretty high!

I really don't know the answer to this, maybe its lack of space? Its not lack of usage!
Even here in Italy we have only Malpensa and Fiumicino with more than one runway, and frankly I don't pose the problem.

Probably the most British airports do not need more runways.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 09:28 AM   #5
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I am guessing it has to do with the lack of land available for airport expansion. I know there is massive opposition to expanding Heathrow for a third runway, since it would mean that several nearby villages/neighborhoods would have to be demolished.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #6
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The thing is that in america much more small airplains are used, like embraer, so they have more traffic.
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Land costs/availability and American optimism about future growth prospects

You can see this throughout the USA where they build overcapacity in from the start to avoid congestion/big bills later on

For example, America builds it's road with an very wide median and so that extra lanes can be added in the future at little cost.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:02 PM   #8
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The thing is that in america much more small airplains are used, like embraer, so they have more traffic.
Yeah, most major North American hubs such as IAH, DEN, YYZ, ORD, or ATL have huge commuter plane operations as well which serves midsized to smaller cities as well so there tends to be more air traffic, wheras most European/Asian airports use HSR or other rail lines for that purpose which frees up more space.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #9
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Most UK airports grew out of small commercial or former military airfields and communities built up around them meaning they cant now be expanded. Also land is far more expensive and in much shorter supply in the UK.
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Efficiency i supposed.
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