Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S01-10. Strategies for Maintaining Air Service

Mergers, cost of fuel, and fewer carriers and seats in the market have changed the patterns of air service distributed across the nation's airports. While some larger airports continue to experience moderate growth in passengers, many other airports have suffered significant drops in air service. Many airports will be fortunate to maintain the air service (access/connection to hubs and markets, frequency, seats) they currently have, let alone be able to attract new air service. In response, airports are evaluating current strategies and exploring new strategies to maintain air service. These include offering incentives, reevaluating the ways in which they charge airlines for the provision of services, and performing ground-handling (above wing, below wing, fueling, etc.) and other functions which have traditionally been the responsibility of airlines. Additional strategies include reducing airline costs, abating risks, providing new services, or involving the community in attempting to stimulate more business and leisure travel. While some attention has been given to traditional strategies to attract new air service that would also apply to maintaining air service--including landing fee waivers, marketing assistance and travel banks--there is less information on new strategies being pursued by many smaller and medium-sized airports designed to reduce the start-up and ongoing costs to incumbent carriers and increase long-term market viability. The objective of this synthesis is to describe strategies pursued by smaller and medium-sized airports, their communities, and local businesses to maintain air service. The audience for this report is small and medium sized airport operators, governing entities, and their communities.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    Sixel Consulting Group, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Gordon, Michael

  • Start Date: 20140521
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37654

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  • Accession Number: 01543512
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2014 1:00AM