Explaining the airport choice for freighter operations in Europe with stated preference analysis
Faculty of Applied Economics
16th Air Transport Research Society World Conference, Tainan, Taiwan, 27-30 June 2012
, p. 1-22
University of Antwerp
Due to numerous studies, the airport choice of passengers or for passenger operations is fairly well understood. The airport choice for cargo operations, on the other hand, still raises a number of questions. To bridge this gap in research, the stated preference method, which is often used in passenger studies, is applied to explain the airport choice for freighter operations in Europe. A stated preference experiment was set up using a state-of-the-art partial profile design. A total of 30 completed surveys from 26 different airlines were collected, serving as input data for the estimation of various logit models. First, a simple multinomial logit model was estimated, showing forwarders as the most important attribute for the airport choice. Second, a panel mixed logit model was calculated which illustrated the taste heterogeneity between the various carriers. To further point out the differences between airlines, several multinomial logit models were computed including socio-economic variables. Finally, compensation indices were defined to indicate the trade-offs that airlines make when choosing an airport for freighter operations. The largest compensation indices could be found regarding the presence of forwarders. The results of this study enable policy makers and airports to better understand and respond to the needs of freighter operators.