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Relief airport

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A relief airport is an airport that is built or designated to provide relief or additional capacity to an area when the primary commercial airport(s) reach capacity. In some cases a relief airport is an existing one that is designated to handle a specific class of aircraft such as general aviation.

The advantages of an additional airport are clear. Less obvious are the capacity gains from moving general aviation from a commercial airport to a different facility. By removing aircraft with lower capacities and slower speeds, an airport is able to operate more flights with larger aircraft and handle more passengers increasing efficiency with minimal additional cost in facilities at the older and generally larger facility.

This also spreads out the aircraft over a wider area generally improving air traffic in the entire community.


  • Examples 1
    • Buffalo (New York) 1.1
    • Charlotte Metropolitan Area 1.2
    • Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex 1.3
    • Helsinki 1.4
    • Michigan Reliever Airports 1.5
    • Hong Kong 1.6
    • Houston Metropolitan Area 1.7
    • Indianapolis Metropolitan Area 1.8
    • Las Vegas Metropolitan Area 1.9
    • Los Angeles Metropolitan Area 1.10
    • Louisville Metropolitan Area 1.11
    • Minneapolis-St.Paul (Twin Cities) Metropolitan Area 1.12
    • New Orleans Metropolitan Area 1.13
    • New York Metropolitan Area 1.14
    • Philadelphia Metropolitan Area 1.15
    • Ottawa-Hull / National Capital Region 1.16
    • Tulsa Metropolitan Area 1.17
  • See also 2
  • Sources 3


Buffalo (New York)

Charlotte Metropolitan Area

Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex


Michigan Reliever Airports

Hong Kong

Houston Metropolitan Area

Indianapolis Metropolitan Area

Las Vegas Metropolitan Area

Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Louisville Metropolitan Area

Minneapolis-St.Paul (Twin Cities) Metropolitan Area

New Orleans Metropolitan Area

New York Metropolitan Area

Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

Ottawa-Hull / National Capital Region

Tulsa Metropolitan Area

See also


  • The Impact of a General Aviation Airport on Surrounding Land Use Patterns: Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport Brockway, David Arthur. ProQuest. 2007.
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