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Do market-concentrated airports propagate more delays than less concentrated ones? A case study of selected U.S. airports


  • Diana, Tony


Airport congestion and widespread passenger discontent with airlines' poor on-time performance have recently led the Federal government to reduce peak-time operations at large airports such as Chicago O'Hare and New York John F. Kennedy. This paper proposes a methodology to compute delay propagation based on the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) at a sample of ten U.S. airports in summer 2000, 2007 and 2008. The sampled airports are different in terms of size, location and index of concentration.

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  • Diana, Tony, 2009. "Do market-concentrated airports propagate more delays than less concentrated ones? A case study of selected U.S. airports," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 15(6), pages 280-286.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:15:y:2009:i:6:p:280-286
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2008.12.002

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    1. Daniel, Joseph I, 1995. "Congestion Pricing and Capacity of Large Hub Airports: A Bottleneck Model with Stochastic Queues," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 63(2), pages 327-370, March.
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    1. Hao, Lu & Hansen, Mark & Zhang, Yu & Post, Joseph, 2014. "New York, New York: Two ways of estimating the delay impact of New York airports," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 245-260.
    2. Wu, Cheng-Lung & Truong, Tiffany, 2014. "Improving the IATA delay data coding system for enhanced data analytics," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 78-85.


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