Characterisation of airline networks : a North American and European Comparison

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Title: Characterisation of airline networks : a North American and European Comparison
Authors: Reynolds-Feighan, Aisling J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2923
Date: May-2010
Abstract: This paper contrasts the North American and European air transport markets using the extensive Official Airline Guide Databases. The pattern of network development in the two continental regions is examined using data for 1996–2008. The top ten carriers in both regions are analysed closely in terms of network structures and the basic geographical characteristics of these networks are highlighted. In addition, different measures of air transport activity such as seating capacity, and number of movements and of routes are compared. Visualisations of carrier networks are used to highlight the different network strategies operated by low cost and full service carriers. European carrier networks display many significant differences to North American carrier networks. European carriers generally organise their networks around one or two key nodes within the member state in which they are registered and generally do not operate interactive, continental-wide, multiple hub-and-spoke networks as do North American carriers. European and North American low-cost carriers operate much more interconnected networks than full services carriers. Southwest Airlines stands out as operating a particularly highly interconnected network.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2009 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Airline networks;Hub-and-spoke networks;Network visualisations;Low-cost carriers;Full-service carriers
Subject LCSH: Airlines--Europe
Airlines--United States
Aeronautics, Commercial--Europe
Aeronautics, Commercial--United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2009.07.009
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper originally presented at the 48th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, August 2008
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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