INEFFICIENCIES AND SCALE ECONOMIES OF EUROPEAN AIRPORT OPERATIONS

This study considers the efficiencies of European airports and estimates production frontiers for these airports using both stochastic frontier analysis and data envelopment analysis. It is argued that European airports, on average, are inefficient and that airline inefficiency contributes significantly to airport inefficiency in terms of air passenger movements. The authors find that the average European airport operates under constant returns to scale in producing air transport movements and under increasing returns to scale in producing passenger movements. These operating characteristics are statistically tested in a stochastic frontier model. Using data envelopment analysis, in which the number of runways is used as a fixed factor, technical and scale efficiency coefficients have been assessed. Airports in any certain country or region do not appear to be more or less efficient than the average.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Pels, E
    • Nijkamp, P
    • Rietveld, P
  • Publication Date: 2003-9

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00961886
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2003 12:00AM