Evaluating locational accessibility to the US air transportation system

T. C. Matisziw, T. H. Grubesic

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Although there are hundreds of airports that support commercial air passenger traffic in the United States (US), not all areas are equivalently served by the commercial air transportation system. Locations in the US differ with respect to their level of access to the commercial air network and their overall accessibility within the system. Given the complexity of the domestic commercial air passenger network and supporting infrastructure, past research has only been able to provide a limited assessment of locational accessibility within the United States. To address these complexities, this paper proposes a new metric that incorporates measures of access to air transport as well as accessibility within air transportation networks. Using a comprehensive dataset on scheduled airline service, the developed approach is then applied to the US domestic commercial passenger air transportation network to explore geographic differentials in accessibility. Results suggest marked differences between core-based statistical areas throughout the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)710-722
Number of pages13
JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Air travel
  • Geographic inequities
  • Network analysis
  • SRS
  • Spatial interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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