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Pricing congestion for arriving flights at Chicago O'Hare Airport

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  • Ashley, Katherine
  • Savage, Ian

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This paper estimates congestion fees for arriving flights at Chicago O'Hare Airport. The analysis finds that the level of congestion is only about a fifth of the magnitude of the congestion associated with departing flights. Congestion is much worse in poor weather conditions, and mitigating these weather delays is a primary objective of the current program to reconfigure the airfield. The analysis finds that the non-linearities inherent in models of congestion mean that even a very modest change in flight patterns reduces delays and congestion fees quite considerably.

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  • Ashley, Katherine & Savage, Ian, 2010. "Pricing congestion for arriving flights at Chicago O'Hare Airport," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 36-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:16:y:2010:i:1:p:36-41
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2008.11.010
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    1. Swaroop, Prem & Zou, Bo & Ball, Michael O. & Hansen, Mark, 2012. "Do more US airports need slot controls? A welfare based approach to determine slot levels," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 46(9), pages 1239-1259.
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