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Choice of air cargo transshipment airport: an application to air cargo traffic to/from Northeast Asia

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  • Ohashi, Hiroshi
  • Kim, Tae-Seung
  • Oum, Tae Hoon
  • Yu, Chunyan

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Based on a unique data set of 760 air cargo transshipment routings to/from the Northeast Asian region in 2000, this paper applies an aggregate form of a multinomial logit model to identify the critical factors influencing air cargo transshipment route choice decisions. The analysis focuses on the trade-off between monetary cost and time cost while considering other variables relevant for choice of transshipment airport. The estimation method considers the presence of unobserved attributes, and corrects for resulting endogeneity via a two-stage least-squares estimation using instrumental variables. Our empirical results show that choice of the air cargo transshipment hub is more sensitive to time cost than the monetary costs such as landing fees and line-haul price. For example, our simulation results suggest that a 1-h reduction in total transport and processing time for a particular origin–destination air cargo traffic would be more effective than a $1000 reduction in airport charges. This suggests that it is important to reduce air cargo connecting time at an airport via adequate investment in capacity and automation even by increasing landing and other airport charges.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Air Transport Management.

Volume (Year): 11 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 149-159

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:11:y:2005:i:3:p:149-159

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Keywords: Air cargo; Transshipment; Route choice;

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Cited by:
  1. Bianka Dettmer & Andreas Freytag & Peter Draper, 2013. "Check-in, departure and arrival times: Air cargo in Southern Africa?," Jena Economic Research Papers 2013-018, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  2. Kim, Joong Yup & Park, Yonghwa, 2012. "Connectivity analysis of transshipments at a cargo hub airport," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 12-15.
  3. Yeo, Gi-Tae & Wang, Ying & Chou, Chien-Chang, 2013. "Evaluating the competitiveness of the aerotropolises in East Asia," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 24-31.
  4. Siew Yean Tham, 2010. "ASEAN Open Skies and the Implications for Airport Development Strategy in Malaysia," Working Papers id:3093, eSocialSciences.
  5. Chao, Ching-Cheng & Yu, Po-Cheng, 2013. "Quantitative evaluation model of air cargo competitiveness and comparative analysis of major Asia-Pacific airports," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 318-326.

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