Table 1 - U.S. Airport Runway Pavement Conditions: 1986 and 2000

Table 1 - U.S. Airport Runway Pavement Conditions: 1986 and 2000

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  1986 2000
NPIAS1 airports, total 3,243 3,361
Condition (%)    
Good 61 73
Fair 28 22
Poor 11 5
Commercial service airports,2 total 550 546
Condition (%)    
Good 78 79
Fair 15 19
Poor 7 2

1 The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) is composed of all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and selected general aviation airports. It does not include over 1,000 publicly owned public-use landing areas, privately owned public-use airports, and other civil landing areas not open to the general public. NPIAS airports account for 100% of all enplanements and serve 91.5% of all aircraft (based on an estimated fleet of 200,000 aircraft). In 1997, there were 14,961 non-NPIAS airports.

2 Commercial service airports are defined as public airports receiving scheduled passenger service and having at least 2,500 enplaned passengers per year.

NOTE: Data are as of January 1 of each year. Runway pavement condition is classified by FAA as follows:
Good: All cracks and joints are sealed.
Fair: Mild surface cracking, unsealed joints, and slab edge spalling.
Poor: Large open cracks, surface and edge spalling, vegetation growing through cracks and joints.

SOURCE: Various sources as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2001 (Washington, DC: 2002).