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The difference between hub and non-hub airports – An airside capacity perspective


  • Mirković, Bojana
  • ToÅ¡ić, Vojin


Airport airside capacity is limited by the runway system capacity or apron capacity, whichever is more constraining. Sometimes, taxiway system can also impose constraint to airside capacity, but in the case of fully developed taxiway systems (involving parallel taxiway, high speed exits, etc.) that is usually not an issue. To determine which airside element is more constraining it is not always as simple as comparing runway system and apron capacities directly one to another. It is important to understand and take into consideration their relationship. Runway-apron relationship depends on demand characteristics e.g. dominant market segments (e.g. scheduled, charter, low-cost, general aviation, cargo), and/or specific traffic patterns (hubbing or point-to-point services, seasonality in demand, etc.).

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  • Mirković, Bojana & ToÅ¡ić, Vojin, 2017. "The difference between hub and non-hub airports – An airside capacity perspective," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 121-128.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:62:y:2017:i:c:p:121-128
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2017.03.013

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