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Has market concentration fostered on-time performance? A case study of seventy-two U.S. airports


  • Diana, Tony


The study compares a multivariate with a quantile regression model to determine whether utilized airport capacity, departure and airborne delays, departure and arrival demand, and market structure explained variations in on-time gate arrivals and arrival delays. In both models, airport departure delays, arrival and departure demand explained variations in the two response variables in prioritized and non-prioritized metroplexes, holding other variables constant. After 2008, the consolidation of the airline industry through mergers coincided with the implementation of NextGen programs, which may have contributed to improvements in on-time performance, especially at prioritized metroplexes where airspace was redesigned.

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  • Diana, Tony, 2017. "Has market concentration fostered on-time performance? A case study of seventy-two U.S. airports," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:58:y:2017:i:c:p:1-8
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2016.09.004

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