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Airport, airline and access mode choice in the San Francisco Bay area

Hess, S and Polak, JW (2006) Airport, airline and access mode choice in the San Francisco Bay area. Papers in Regional Science, 85 (4). 543 - 567 . ISSN 1056-8190


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In this article, we present an analysis of air travel choice behaviour in the San Francisco Bay area. The analysis extends existing work by considering the simultaneous choice by passengers of a departure airport, an airline, and an access mode. The analysis shows that several factors, most notably flight frequency and in-vehicle access time, have a significant overall impact on the attractiveness of an airport, airline and access mode combination, while factors such as fare and aircraft size have a significant effect only in some of the population subgroups. The analysis highlights the need to use separate models for resident and non-resident travellers, and to segment the population by journey purpose. The analysis also shows that important gains can be made through the inclusion of airport-inertia variables, and through using a nonlinear specification for the marginal returns of increases in flight frequency. In terms of model structure, the results suggest that the use of the different possible two-level nested logit models leads to modest, yet significant gains in model fit over the corresponding multinomial logit models, which already exhibit very high levels of prediction performance.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2006, Springer Verlag. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Papers in Regional Science. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: airport choice, airline choice, multi airport regions, discrete choice, nested logit
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 20:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1435-5957.2006.00097.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2006.00097.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43626

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