Airport Runway Slots: Limits to Growth

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Keith G. Debbage, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The United States–European Union market accounts for approximately 25% of all international tourist arrivals worldwide, and is arguably the busiest market in the world. This paper argues that landing slot policy and the manner in which airport capacity is allocated among airlines across the north Atlantic is likely to underpin the future geographic structure of the tourism industry. By analyzing the historical evolution of slot policy, this paper attempts to enhance the extant literature on how government authorities allocate scarce airport resources. The paper concludes by arguing that various slot reform proposals need to be adopted to make airports more “elastic” when managing origin-destination tourist flows.

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Language: English
Date: 2002
airlines, airports, tourism research, air transport industry, airport capacity

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