An Airport Economic Impacts Model

by Michael L. Henderson, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, United States,
Ira Hirschman, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


The paper discusses the development of a basic airport economic impacts model that could be used by any airport. The model was set up on a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, and requires input information mostly provided by the airport owner in order to be run. The model automatically calculates direct, indirect, and induced impacts in terms of jobs, income, purchases of goods and services, and taxes generated by the airport and aviation-related businesses at the airport. The model results are printed out in two formats. First, a technical report is prepared to provide details of the impact calculations. Basic text for the report is contained on a Microsoft Word file, and graphs are also produced for the report on Lotus 1-2-3. The second model output is a brochure for public distribution. Brochure text is also contained on a Microsoft Word file. Since the airport operator provides most of the necessary input data, and the impact calculations and output are produced almost entirely on microcomputer, the cost for an economic impact study becomes affordable for almost any airport.

Subject Headings: Airports and airfields | Economic factors | Computer analysis | Computer aided operations | Computer models | Owners | Automation | Taxation

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