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Size versus efficiency: a case study of US commercial airports

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  • Bazargan, Massoud
  • Vasigh, Bijan

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The paper presents a productivity analysis using data envelopment analysis (DEA) of 45 US commercial airports selected from the top 15 large, medium, and small hub airports. Financial and operational data, such as aircraft movements, number of airport gates, the annual number of enplaned passengers and runway capacity, is used. Initially, a DEA is deployed to analyze the efficiency and performance measures of airports within each group by comparing and cross-referencing them with each other. We then extend our analysis to identify those airports that are not efficient and are thus dominated by other airports that are more efficient.

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  • Bazargan, Massoud & Vasigh, Bijan, 2003. "Size versus efficiency: a case study of US commercial airports," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 187-193.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:9:y:2003:i:3:p:187-193
    DOI: 10.1016/S0969-6997(02)00084-4
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