Do Airlines that Dominate Traffic at Hub Airports Experience Less Delay?
AbstractThe desirability of airport congestion pricing largely depends on whether dominant airlines otherwise fail to internalize their self-imposed congestion delays. Brueckner (2002) and Mayer and Sinai (2003) find (weak) statistically significant evidence of internalization. We replicate and extend these models by refining their measures of delay and controlling for fixed and random airport effects. For twenty-seven large US airports, we estimate every flight’s congestion delay attributable to its operating time. These time-dependent queuing delays result from traffic rates temporarily exceeding airport capacity, and are precisely the delays susceptible to peak-load congestion pricing. As modified, the models reject the internalization hypothesis.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 05-09.
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Date of creation: 2005
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Hub-and-spoke airline networks; simulated annealing; commercial aviation; airline competition; airline mergers; airfares;
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636, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
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- Jan K. Brueckner, 2002. "Airport Congestion When Carriers Have Market Power," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(5), pages 1357-1375, December.
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