Airport Choice Modeling: Empirical Evidence from a Non‐Hub Airport

Although rural airports may not have much competition in the immediate area, they may experience a certain amount of leakage to distant airports if passengers view the distant airport as being preferable to the closer airport. A recent study found that 14% of passengers in the Fargo Hector International Airport catchment area travel to the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport, which is over 250 miles away. This study uses data collected from a regional travel agency and a logistic regression model to determine which factors influence passengers that reside in the Fargo airport area to choose the MSP International Airport. Results from the empirical research show that trip purpose, trip duration, number of connections, and airline were significant factors in choosing the MSP airport over the Fargo airport. This study also showed that data collected from local travel agents can be a time- and cost-efficient alternative to a formal passenger survey.


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  • Accession Number: 01446479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 19 2012 10:19AM