Scenario-Based Adaptive Airport Catchment Area Mapping

An accurate estimation of an airport’s catchment area enables operators and airlines to make informed decisions, target potential markets, and aid in forecasting activity. An airport’s catchment area is influenced by many factors, including ground access, air service and airfares, distance from population centers, and proximity to and air service at competitive airports. It is possible that an airport’s catchment area may vary as these factors change over time. Airports may even have distinct catchment areas for different passenger market segments (e.g., business travel, international travel) and for cargo demand. Often, airports must rely on costly and time-consuming survey-based approaches to estimate their catchment areas. Also, there is not a consistent approach among industry practitioners and academic researchers on how a catchment area should be defined, leading to inconsistent, static, and often biased results. The objective of this research is to develop an analytical approach and resources to help airports establish their catchment area. The method would be tailorable to allow users to specify a particular market segment of interest and account for unique conditions at their facility.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-62

  • 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:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20200818
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748068
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-62
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2020 3:04PM