The main hub in the United States for the United Parcel Service is Worldport, which is a worldwide hub located in Louisville, Kentucky. Worldport provides UPS access to 220 different countries and territories. Worldport offers 70 aircraft docks for UPS and allows for roughly one UPS aircraft to land per minute during peak hours. Louisville International Airport’s airport code is SDF which is from its former name, Standiford Field (Santos, 2013).
Worldport is a fairly new hub at Louisville International Airport. It wasn’t until September of 2002 that the $1.1 billion facility was opened. In 2005, UPS closed a hub in Dayton, Ohio and in 2006 announced an expansion to Worldport. UPS has continued to expand, and as of 2010 UPS’ Worldport facility is 5.2 million square feet big and is able to process 416,000 packages per hour (Santos, 2013).
Louisville International Airport is not located in the FACT or FACT 2. It is not your standard large airport hub. It is, however, a very large cargo hub. The FAA has looked at Louisville for improvements but overall the airport has a great portfolio and can support the operations that it currently has. Louisville International Airport has taken steps on their own to ensure they stay with the times and keep making advancements for their airport (FY2012 Annual Report, n.d.).
In 2011, Louisville International Airport ranked ninth amongst the world’s busiest cargo airports. It was ranked third in North America behind airports in Memphis, Tennessee and Anchorage, Alaska (FY2012 Annual Report, n.d.). With that being said, the airport itself only averages 407 aircraft operations per day with 62 percent of those being commercial. Compare that to Atlanta International Airport which averages 2549 aircraft operations per day with 80 percent of those being commercial (AirNav, n.d.).
The FAA has taken steps to ensure airports are preparing for the future. They call their big movement the NextGen Implementation Plan. The NextGen Implementation Plan is set to make advances through 2025. This plan looks at large airports and hubs since they will play the biggest roles in advancements. Louisville International Airport hasn’t been added into many of the studies but they have added a couple advances to their systems. Overall, KSDF’s portfolio is very good and they do not have many of the major issues that larger airports have (Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), n.d.).
One of the advances that the FAA is making for Louisville International Airport is the Automated Terminal Proximity Alert or ATPA. This has already been implemented at KSDF. It allows for separation management for aircraft in the sky. The Terminal Radar Approach Control or TRACON has the ATPA information added onto the screens they already use. Triangles on the radar screens allow the TRACON controllers to see the minimum required separation distances for incoming aircraft. If the aircraft are projected to get to...