Airport Catchment Areas and Air Passenger Demand

by O. E. Moore, Transportation Engr.; British West Indian Airlines, Trinidad,
A. H. Soliman, Visiting Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., the University of Texas at Arlington,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 5, Pg. 569-579

Document Type: Journal Paper


Air passenger demand modelling is explored for domestic trips between centers of high population in Canada. The research involves a comparison of two methods of zoning. One method considers the domestic Canadian market as comprising 21 zones, each corresponding to a major city. The other zoning method defines 13 large catchment areas, each of which includes all areas served by airports situated within it. This approach yields markedly improved results, and it is the foundation for the derivation of econometric models relating the demand for air travel to such socioeconomic factors as population mean incomes and air fares. Statistical tests confirm the validity and reliability of these models, but another variable could be justifiably defined as a community-of-interest/time measure between area pairs. Its inclusion in the model building process improved the results even further. A number of demand models are then further developed.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Catchments | Passengers | Travel modes | Zoning | Traffic models | Comparative studies | Foundations | Canada

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