Airline–airport agreements in the San Francisco Bay Area: Effects on airline behavior and congestion at airports

This paper provides a methodological framework to analyze the decisions of airlines and travelers taking into account the contractual agreement between airports and airlines. This contract sets the fees that carriers pay for landing, the rental rate for the terminal space that they occupy, as well as the methodology to determine these charges. Using data from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK), the authors quantify the effects of changes in the agreement on the behavior of airlines and congestion at airports. In particular, the authors look at modifications in the design of charges and variations in the operating costs at airports. Counterfactuals suggest that different methodologies to compute charges and changes in airport costs may induce airlines to behave differently, affecting delays at airports. This structural model captures important characteristics of the airline industry: endogeneity of airport charges with respect to decisions of travelers and carriers, correlation across markets, and two decision variables of airlines (fares and frequency of flights).


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  • Accession Number: 01570337
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 16 2015 3:08PM