Design of Pedestrian Space in Airport Terminals

by Richard de Neufville, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass. 02139,
Michel Grillot, Airport Planner; Direction du Transport, Air France, Orly Cedex, France,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 87-102

Document Type: Journal Paper


A method to determine the required width of corriders and size of passenger staging areas in airport terminals is presented. It introduces two novel elements into the planning process for terminals. First, it draws attention to the critical period over which loads actually build up, and substitutes the loads which occur during this time for the typical peak hour passengers, thus giving a realistic view of the problem. Secondly, it permits the designer to focus on the particular problem areas which will limit the capacity of the entire terminal. Primarily intended for the design of new facilities, the method can also provide objective measures of the space available in existing terminals for ancillary commercial or first amendment activities. Being an integration of problem techniques, it can be used with confidence, as demonstrated by application to the new terminals at Paris/Charles deGaulle airport.

Subject Headings: Pedestrians | Airport terminals | Passengers | Critical loads | Permits | Building design | Commercial buildings | Existing buildings

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