Airport Access, Circulation, and Parking

by Alan M. Voorhees,

Serial Information: Journal of the Aero-Space Transport Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 1, Pg. 63-76

Document Type: Journal Paper


The purpose of the paper is to divide airport traffic into its various components—air travelers, workers, and visitors—and to realize from them certain implications for proper airport parking, access, and circulation facilities. Specific parking facilities should be planned to consider four types of uses: The hurried traveler who can afford high-priced parking near the terminal; the ordinary traveler or visitor who wants medium-priced parking at a reasonable distance from the terminal; the traveler who wants inexpensive, long-term parking, and the visitor who does not want to pay the extra cost of more convenient parking, both of whom will accept low-cost parking at some distance from the terminal; and the worker who requires long-term, inexpensive parking at some reasonable distance from his place of work. For proper access and circulation, airports should be located on a freeway system. Direct access should be provided to the air terminal, the air-freight terminal, and the parking areas. Truck and auto movements should be separated. Internal transportation should, if necessary, be provided and, if possible, be separated from the other forms of airport traffic.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Parking facilities | Air traffic | Labor | Terminal facilities | Benefit cost ratios | Highways and roads | Trucks

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