Policy Study

Increasing Airport Capacity Without Increasing Airport Size

Policy Study 368

John F. Kennedy International Airport could reduce delays and increase capacity by adding a new runway between two existing runways. And San Francisco International Airport could safely operate simultaneous approaches to its parallel runways in low visibility conditions, reducing delays and nearly doubling the airport’s bad weather capacity, according to a new study by the Reason Foundation.


Viggo Butler is chairman of United Airports Limited and the retired president of Airport Group International and its predecessor, Lockheed Air Terminal. He received his B.A. from California Polytechnic and his M.B.A from Pepperdine University; he served as a USAF captain supervising air traffic control.