COMMENTS ON AIRPORT SURVEY METHODS USING SCHIPHOL AIRPORT IN AMSTERDAM AS AN EXAMPLE

Airport surveys are necessary to collect the data needed to analyze and forecast air travel. In this paper, Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands is used as an example to demonstrate that it is important to occasionally study and review both the methods used to conduct such surveys and the execution of the surveys themselves. The Schiphol Airport study showed that sampling procedures can cause considerable misrepresentations in the results of a survey. If the so-called last minute passengers are not adequately represented in the sample, for example, the number of persons making private trips is automatically overrepresented. Although it is difficult to interview these last minute passengers, this study shows that it is possible. If the proper methods are used, last minute passengers can be correctly represented in the sample; and it is also possible to get them to answer the questions that are most important to the survey. Furthermore, the Schiphol Airport study proved that, for normal airport surveys, self-administered questionnaires are not only less expensive than personal interviews, but that passengers also prefer this method of data collection and the results are more accurate.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 22-26
  • Monograph Title: Airport operations
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  • Accession Number: 00457186
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309039150
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:01PM