On the factors that affect airline flight frequency and aircraft size

On the factors that affect airline flight frequency and aircraft size This paper assesses the determinants of aircraft size and frequency of flights on US airline routes by considering market demographics, airport characteristics, airline characteristics and route characteristics. It shows that frequency and aircraft size increase with population, income, and runway length. An increase in the proportion of managerial workers in the labor force or the proportion of population below the age of 25 results in greater frequency with the use of small planes. Slot constrained airports and an increase in the number of nearby airports lead to lower flight frequency with the use of smaller planes. Hubs and low cost carriers are associated with larger plane sizes and higher frequency, while regional airline ownership leads to higher frequency and the use of smaller planes. An increase in distance between the endpoints leads to lower frequency with the use of larger planes. As airport delay rises, airlines reduce frequency and use smaller planes, though when airport cancellations rise, flight frequency increases with the use of larger planes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Air Transport Management Elsevier

On the factors that affect airline flight frequency and aircraft size

Journal of Air Transport Management, Volume 16 (4) – Jul 1, 2010

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0969-6997
eISSN
1873-2089
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.jairtraman.2009.08.001
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Abstract

This paper assesses the determinants of aircraft size and frequency of flights on US airline routes by considering market demographics, airport characteristics, airline characteristics and route characteristics. It shows that frequency and aircraft size increase with population, income, and runway length. An increase in the proportion of managerial workers in the labor force or the proportion of population below the age of 25 results in greater frequency with the use of small planes. Slot constrained airports and an increase in the number of nearby airports lead to lower flight frequency with the use of smaller planes. Hubs and low cost carriers are associated with larger plane sizes and higher frequency, while regional airline ownership leads to higher frequency and the use of smaller planes. An increase in distance between the endpoints leads to lower frequency with the use of larger planes. As airport delay rises, airlines reduce frequency and use smaller planes, though when airport cancellations rise, flight frequency increases with the use of larger planes.

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Journal of Air Transport ManagementElsevier

Published: Jul 1, 2010

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