Measuring airport quality from the airlines' viewpoint: An application of data envelopment analysis

Nicole Adler, Joseph Berechman

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Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to develop a model to determine the relative efficiency and quality of airports. This factor seems to have a strong effect on the airlines' choice of hubs. Previous studies of airport quality have used subjective passenger data whereas in this study airport quality is defined from the airlines' viewpoint. Accordingly, we have solicited airlines' evaluations of a number of European and non-European airports by means of a detailed questionnaire. Statistical analysis of the median score has shown that these evaluations vary considerably relative to quality factors and airports. The key methodology used in this study to determine the relative quality level of the airports is Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), which has been adapted through the use of principle component analysis. Of the set of West-European airports analyzed, Geneva, Milan and Munich received uniformly high, relative efficiency scores. In contrast, Charles de Gaulle, Athens and Manchester consistently appear low in the rankings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
JournalTransport Policy
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Airport quality
  • DEA
  • Policy analysis
  • Principal component analysis

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