A comparative analysis of economic performance of US commercial airports
Originally Published In
Journal of Air Transport Management
There have been various agreements between the US commercial airports and the airlines each of which has defined how the risk, responsibilities, and reward of running an airport should be shared among them. The airport–airline financial relationships at the nation’s commercial airports are based on four basic approaches: the residual cost, the compensatory, the hybrid, privatization approaches. In this paper, the authors provide a comprehensive review of airport–airlines financial agreements, and develop an analytical model to measure the financial performance of the US commercial airports. In general, compensatory airports have had a higher marginal contribution to profitability than residual airports.