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Is increasing aircraft size common practice of airlines at congested airports?

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  • Berster, Peter
  • Gelhausen, Marc C.
  • Wilken, Dieter

If the overall demand for air transport grows, but additional airport capacity is not available at congested airports, we could assume that airlines will offer flights with more seats in order to cope with the demand. An analysis of frequency and average seat capacity developments at congested, and not yet congested airports, has shown that the hypothesis of bigger aircraft being used in congested situations is valid in most instances, although not at all airports. The objective of this paper is to report on an analysis of the development of average seat capacity at congested airports, in contrast to the situation at not yet congested airports, and to find out the reasons for airlines increasing the number of seats at congested airports, by means of a statistical model using variables including the degree of airport congestion and average flight distance.

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

Volume (Year): 46 (2015)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 40-48

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:46:y:2015:i:c:p:40-48
DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2015.03.012
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