Estimating Determinants of Passenger Air Service to Small Markets

This article examines the determinants of air service to small metropolitan areas and cities, offering current estimates for both the existence and intensity of air service. The authors develop a model that uses a set of key demand variables including population, income, and the availability of substitutes to predict the existence and extent of service. The data set includes almost 250 markets without federal Essential Air Service. The results indicate that market size, the proximity of a hub airport (of any size), the proximity of any airport offering passenger service, and the close proximity of a resort or major military installation are influential in determining the existence and intensity of service. The authors conclude that while both the existence and intensity of air service to cities respond to measurable economic variables, there are unanswered questions as to the forces at work behind these variables.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 557-565
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  • Accession Number: 01013479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2005 7:08AM