Airport Benchmarking – An Empirical Research on the Performance Measurement of German Airports with Data Envelopment Analysis

By Vanessa Kamp

FRAThe increase in interest of benchmarking in the airport industry is not only visible on the academic side but also comes from the airport management and/or authorities who might use it as a regulatory tool. This case study measures the technical efficiency of sixteen international airports in Germany from 1998-2004 with Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and creates a ranking of the selected airports.

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Airport of the World: Suvarnabhumi Airport

By Hubert Croes

Suvarnabhumi_AirportBangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi Airport has been mired by problems since its opening, including more than 100 cracks on taxiways and runways, corruption claims, inadequate toilets and facilities, and complaints about hygiene standards. Now the question arises whether Suvarnabhumi – assisted by the old Don Muang Airport – is the long awaited answer to the insatiable aviation needs of Bangkok, writes Hubert Croes.

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Analyzing the Strategies of LCCs and FSCs in Southeast Asia

By Yu-Hern Chang and Chien-Hang Cheng

air-asiaThis paper seeks to analyze the contemporary developing environment of the airline industry in the Southeast Asia. It also discusses and compares the differentiation of their strategies adopted in achieving customer satisfaction. Finally, the paper provides a conceptual framework for airline managers in considering their winning strategies for the next battle in running their airline business.

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Book Review: National Interest and International Aviation

A book review by Ruwantissa Abeyratne

National Interest and International AviationThis is the first book of an author who has produced numerous studies and written many articles on civil aviation. As the author states at the outset, this is not an academic study, but rather a set of observations and findings based on general education and extensive experience gained as a consultant and expert on the impact of international relations on aviation. As such, the reader can look forward to a substantive discourse on an important area of civil aviation that is continuing to draw the interest of the international community.

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European Commission Plans Emissions Trading for Aviation Industry

By Janina Scheelhaase, Wolfgang Grimme and Martin Schaefer

cO2-tradingIn December 2006, the European Commission published a proposal for a directive on the inclusion of aviation into the European Union’s emission trading scheme for stationary sources. The German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Air Transport and Airport Research Unit, analyses the impacts of the proposal on operating costs, ticket prices and the demand for air transport. The article gives an insight into the ongoing research.

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The Evolution of the Philippine Airline Industry

By Wilfred Manuela

PhilipinesThis article documents the changes in the Philippine airline industry since 1995, the year the government liberalized the civil aviation industry. Liberalization transformed the domestic industry into virtual duopolies in major airline markets while minor routes remain virtual monopolies, suggesting that the government’s goal to make the industry more competitive has not been realized.

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Management of Safety-Related Accidents

By Bridget Ssamula

safety firstThe safety sector of the African skies has been an area of growing concern over the last few years. This article analyses the steps that the aviation industry is taking to curb safety-related accidents. It focuses on the problems in the African aviation industry. The contribution shows the areas that are a major concern for aviation safety and gives processes that are being used worldwide to control the safety risks.

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