Air Traffic Performance by Market Segments

This paper develops an empirical framework to examine the determinants of air traffic performance. Questions about how air traffic performance is affected by type and location of markets and whether there is any pattern to how air traffic performs with respect to the size and structure of markets, type of networks, and size of aircraft are answered. Air traffic performance is defined as the ratio of airborne time to total ramp-to-ramp time. Using quarterly segment traffic data for the period 1995-2006, an econometric model is constructed to estimate and evaluate performance measures defined over market segments and networks. The econometric framework establishes and evaluates empirical linkages between performance measures and size of the markets, locations, distance, seasons of the year, and aircraft type over time. Statistical estimates indicate that size of market, type of aircraft, industry structure, and distance play important roles in influencing performance measures. Policy implications of these findings are discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01080106
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 25 2007 10:11AM