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Airport slot allocation in Europe: economic efficiency and fairness

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  • Lorenzo Castelli


    (DEEI, University of Trieste)

  • Paola Pellegrini


    (Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Venice)

  • Raffaele Pesenti


    (Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Venice)

We propose a mechanism for solving the airport slot allocation problem in Europe. We consider the interdependence of the slots at different airports, and we maximize the efficiency of the system. Through an experimental analysis we quantitatively assess the cost imposed by grandfather rights, which constitute one of the main principles of the current slot allocation mechanism. Moreover, we introduce the possibility to fairly redistribute costs among airlines through monetary compensations. Our results suggest that it is possible to remove grandfather rights without significantly penalizing airlines.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Mathematics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia in its series Working Papers with number 197.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
Handle: RePEc:vnm:wpaper:197
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  1. Verhoef, Erik T., 2010. "Congestion pricing, slot sales and slot trading in aviation," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 320-329, March.
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