Ever Wonder How Much It Costs To Plow An Airport Runway In a Snowstorm?

I wonder about all kinds of weird things related to travel. And yet, I somehow never bothered to figure out how much it costs for an airport to deal with a snowstorm.

Thanks to a very timely retweet by Brian Sumers (who you should definitely be following), I actually figured out the cost for my home airport of Washington-Dulles:

 

The Final Two Pennies

$25,000 an hour? Wow. $700K for one piece of equipment doesn’t entirely shock me. But, $25,000 an hour is a pretty steep price tag to deal with mother nature.  Just in case you were crazy enough to think it was easy to run an airport…..

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8 Comments

  1. The $25,000 is not out-of-pocket additional costs. It includes probably depreciation on the equipment and allocation of what the spokesman referred to as “full-time” salaried employees that get paid snow or no snow.

    1. Ron, sounded like those employees have other jobs. So, would only make sense to attribute their hours to snow removal during a storm. That doesn’t happen very often in this neck of the woods.

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