A note on how to measure hubbing practices in airline networks

J.C. Martín, A. Voltes-Dorta

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Abstract

Benefits and costs associated to hubbing practices of airlines are still subject to much debate. In the previous literature, some standard spatial concentration indices have been proposed to measure it. However, we show that these indices are "ill-defined" because they do not take into account the salient characteristic of hubbing: connecting passengers. The purpose of this research is to present a new methodology which avoids the pitfalls of other methods. Our new methodology also analyzes the level of concentration of the connecting passengers studying two different dimensions: hub airports and routes. Finally, we apply our methodology to some US carriers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Network configuration
  • Spatial concentration
  • Hub-and-spoke (H–S) networks

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