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Title: Drivers of airport scheduled traffic in European winter tourism areas: Infrastructure, accessibility, competition and catchment area
Author: Suau Sánchez, Pere
Voltes Dorta, Augusto
Others: University of Edinburgh
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: winter tourism
airport development
ski resorts
poisson regression
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2019
Publisher: Journal of Air Transport Management
Citation: Suau-Sánchez, P. & Voltes-Dorta, A. (2019). Drivers of airport scheduled traffic in European winter tourism areas: Infrastructure, accessibility, competition and catchment area. Journal of Air Transport Management: an international journal of research, policy and practice, 81(), 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2019.101723
Also see: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jairtraman.2019.101723
Abstract: Ski resorts in Europe are major tourism destinations that can generate traffic for their local airports. These small mountain airports can offer the airlines unparalleled accessibility to the resorts, but their catchment areas are typically not well populated. Local authorities are keen to develop scheduled flights but have failed many times in the past. In this context, there is no previous study that analyses the drivers of scheduled airport traffic in winter tourism regions. To that end, we compiled a large dataset of European airports and ski resorts and carry out a Poisson regression. Results show that catchment area, competition, and infrastructure outweigh accessibility to ski resorts as the main drivers of scheduled traffic at small mountain airports. This is linked to the dominance of low-cost carriers that prefer to operate out of major airports with larger aircraft. Small airports are recommended to focus on premium markets with smaller aircraft.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/113806
ISSN: 0969-6997MIAR
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