This one slipped by me until this evening, but last week the Kojo Nnamdi show did a show about how airports are affecting development of cities. One of the guests was John Kasarda, the author of the book “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next,” which sounds like an interesting read. The podcast of the show is highly recommended as well.
Listening to the podcast reminded me of a couple of other interesting stories that I read recently. There one part where a listener calls with a question about airport noise over neighborhoods near airports. The Cranky Flier recently wrote an article describing NextGen air traffic control and navigation that JetBlue has installed. It seems like not only could the technology help save fuel, but maybe it could be used to perform maneuvers (safely) that avoid neighborhoods.
On the topic of residential noise, someone mentions in the podcast that in many cases, neighborhoods were built around airports that already existed, and then people who live in these neighborhoods complain about noise. I’m guessing in some of these cases, people move here because property is cheaper near airports (for the noise reason), so it seems short-sighted on the part of those people to not factor in the reason that for the housing cost being abnormally low. There are exceptions, as in some cases, runways get added, approach patterns change, etc. But in general, it just seems like a poor plan to live near an airport.
Another post at Cranky Flier covered how people in Memphis are clamoring for a low cost entrant to bring down the fares Delta charges in the city. Memphis is a major Delta hub (inherited from the Northwest days), but it just barely seems to make sense as a hub these days, given the consolidation in the airline industry, and Delta having a couple of nearby hubs already. I commented on that article, and asked about what the effect of FedEx operating out of that city and airport has (Fed Ex is based in Memphis, and runs a major hub out of Memphis. I might not’ve used the right words there, but I figured that combination would convey the right idea).