The European Market for Airline Transportation and Multimodalism

This paper describes how all airports inevitably generate a large number of multimodal movements. It describes how airports need to be accessed by users, with the exception of those involving air-to-air transfers, other modes are involved. At the same token, passengers and freight also have to be vacated from airports. A distinction, albeit in many ways an arbitrary one, can usefully be made between whether access or egress from the airport involves local transportation or another interurban mode. The former has been very much the traditional case and considerable resources have been expended to allow residents and visitors to an airport to gain easy interconnections with the immediate vicinity. The issue of linking air services directly through airports to other medium and long-distance modes is considered to be more recent. It has been partly brought about by congestion of some of the main air service routes, but it has also been influenced by environmental arguments. Capture of decision making process by railway interest groups may also have been influential. The paper describes how it is relatively easy to develop the optimal degree of hubbing that should take place at an airport. By feeding the attributes of the various modes, it is then relatively easy to determine the types of transportation that would optimally service each link of the network. Lack of full information, and in many cases of a clear objective function, limits the type of analysis in practice. What is found is that airports do act as major mutimodal nodes in the larger transportation network. Further, this role is changing as the nature of the airline industry changes in response to a variety of market forces and as policy influences the comparative advantages of the various modes.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 5-40
  • Monograph Title: Airports as Multimodal Interchange Nodes

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9282103390
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2007 2:36PM