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Airport and Airline Choice in a Multiple Airport Region: An Empirical Analysis for the San Francisco Bay Area


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  • Eric Pels
  • Peter Nijkamp
  • Piet Rietveld


PELS E., NI JKAMP P. and RIETVELD P. (2001) Airport and airline choice in a multiple airport region: an empirical analysis for the San Francisco Bay area, Reg. Studies 35, 1-9. In this paper a nested logit model is used to describe passenger preferences concerning airports and airlines. A statistical model for the passengers' sequential choice of airport and airline is calibrated. It appears the nested multinomial logit model, with airports as the common elements in the nests, is statistically preferable to the 'standard' multinomial logit model. Frequency and access time to the airport are all significant. Separate models are estimated for business and leisure travellers, but there appear to be only small diVerences. PELS E.,NI JKAMP P. etRIETVELD P. (2001) Le choix d'aeroport et de compagnie aerienne dans une region a aeroports multiples: une analyse empirique du golfe de San Francisco, Reg. Studies 35, 1-9. A partir dA'un modele emboite logit, cet article cherche a presenter les preferences des passagers pour aeroports et les compagnies aeriennes. Un modele statistique relatif aux choix sequentiels des passagers est calibree. Donne que les aeroports constituent les elements communs des emboitements, le modele emboite multinomial logit sA'avere statistiquement preferable au modele normal multi-nomial logit. La frequence et l'accessibilitye sont, toutes les den deux, importantes. On evalue d'autres modeles pour ceux qui voyagent en classe affaires ou en touristes. Toujours est'il que les differences s'averent minimes. PELS E., NI JKAMP P. und RIETVELD P. (2001) Flughafen und Fluglinienwahl in einer Region mit mehreren Flughafeneine empirische Analyse fur das Gebiet der Bucht von San Francisco, Reg. Studies 35, 1-9. In diesem Aufsatz wird ein satzartig angelegtes Logitmodel dazu benutzt, die Bevorleszugung von Flughafen und Fluglinien seitens der Passagiere zu beschreiben. Ein statistisches Modell fur Reihenfolge der Flughafen'und Fluglinienwahl der Fluggaste wird geeicht. Er weist sich, dass ein satzartig angelegtes multinominelles Logitmodell mit Flughafen als gemeinsamen Elementen in den Nestern statistisch dem 'Standard' multi-nominellen Logitmodell vorzuziehen ist. Frequenz und Anfahrtszeit zum Flughafen sind wichtig. Es werden getrennte Modelle fur Geschaftsreisende und Vergnugungsreisende erstellt, doch die Unterschiede scheinen nur gering zu sein.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 35 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-9

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