Price Elasticities of Nonbusiness Air Travel Demand

by Adib Kanafani, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, Calif.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 217-225

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper describes a study of the historic evolution of nonbusiness air travel in the United States. A model is constructed and calibrated to describe this evolution. The purpose of the study is to investigate the sensitivity of this type of air travel to price changes using the elasticity as a measure. It is concluded that both short run and long run elasticities of demand are less than unity. Air travel demand appears to have been determined primarily by the developments in income and consumption levels.

Subject Headings: Pricing | Elastic analysis | Travel demand | Calibration | Sensitivity analysis | United States

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