Building and Maintaining Air Service Through Incentive Programs

Robust air service is an important element for a region’s economic well-being and overall quality of life of its residents. Improving and maintaining air service is therefore a constant goal of airports and the communities they serve. Incentives, both financial and non-financial, are used to encourage airlines to provide additional service to a community. Recent trends in the airline industry (e.g., airline consolidation, use of larger aircraft, pilot shortage), as well as regulatory and policy considerations on the use of revenue and the design of incentive programs, can make developing, executing, and gauging the effectiveness of these programs challenging. While ACRP has produced research to help develop air service initiatives, it does not reflect the latest developments, nor does it provide detailed guidance on implementing incentive programs. Research is needed to evaluate air service incentive efforts and develop guidance for airports and communities for implementing incentives to develop and maintain commercial air service. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to help airports and communities maintain and build commercial air service through incentive programs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $324863
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-44

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    GRA Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Ballard, David

  • Start Date: 20170411
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40992

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606911
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-44
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2016 1:01AM