Economic Impact of E-Commerce on the Airport Industry

Due to the rise of e-commerce, air cargo carriers seek opportunities to build vertical relationships with airports to provide faster delivery options to their customers. The vertical relationships between air cargo carriers and airports lead to the economic growth of airports, and airports enjoy higher output, more revenue, and new cargo facility investments. Air cargo carriers invest heavily at airports to have specialized cargo facilities to provide safe, fast, and accurate movement of goods.  Research is needed to examine the economic impact of the rise in e-commerce on the airport industry and to provide insight into the potential opportunities for airports. The objective of this research is to gain insight into economic impact of increased e-commerce activities at airports, including a better understanding of the vertical relationships between air cargo carriers and airports and potential opportunities for airports to benefit from the e-commerce market.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-72

  • 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:

    McDonald III, Edward

  • Start Date: 20230131
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01854688
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-72
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2022 4:40PM