A Feedback Model for Assessing Out-of-Region Airport Leakage

Airport leakage is a phenomenon that occurs when air passengers choose to travel longer surface distances to take advantage of better air services at an out-of-region airport (which we term the “substitute” airport), instead of using their local airport as would be expected. Leakage may play a substantial role in reducing passenger volumes at the local airport, which in turn can impact regional economic development, and have significant implications for regional transportation planning and airport planning. Previous studies of airport leakage mainly considered the impacts of the airport infrastructure and service (supply) characteristics on airport demand, and rarely consider their interaction and feedback effects. This paper attempts to address the lack of airport leakage studies that consider supply-and-demand feedback by answering two questions. Firstly, what attributes – particularly airport service attributes – affect passenger leakage to out-of-region airports? Secondly, how do airport leakage and an air service characteristic (airfare) impact one another? The objective of this paper is to investigate the interaction effects between airport leakage and different variables through a supply-and-demand feedback model. To accomplish this objective, this paper investigates the hypothesis that air passengers will forego travelling out of their local (typically medium-sized) airport in favor of taking advantages of the services offered by a major out-of-region (substitute) airport farther away.


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  • Monograph Title: Canadian Transportation Research Forum 50th Annual Conference - Another 50 Years: Where to From Here?//Un autre 50 ans : qu'en est-il à partir de maintenant? Montreal, Quebec, May 24-26, 2015

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  • Accession Number: 01605020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:04PM