Airline Schedule Recovery after Airport Closures: Empirical Evidence Since September 11th

28 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2003 Last revised: 1 Dec 2011

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Nicholas G. Rupp

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Jeffrey S. DeSimone

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

George M. Holmes

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2003

Abstract

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, repeated airport closures due to potential security breaches have imposed substantial costs on travelers, airlines, and government agencies in terms of flight delays and cancellations. Using data from the year following September 11th, this study examines how airlines recover flight schedules upon reopening of airports that have been closed for security reasons. As such, this is the first study to examine service quality during irregular operations. Our results indicate that while outcomes of flights scheduled during airport closures are difficult to explain, a variety of factors, including potential revenue per flight and logistical variables such as flight distance, seating capacity and shutdown severity, significantly predict outcomes of flights scheduled after airports reopen. Given the likelihood of continued security-related airport closings, understanding the factors that determine schedule recovery is potentially important.

Suggested Citation

Rupp, Nicholas G. and DeSimone, Jeffrey S. and Holmes, George M., Airline Schedule Recovery after Airport Closures: Empirical Evidence Since September 11th (June 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9744. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=414243

Nicholas G. Rupp

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Jeffrey S. DeSimone (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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George M. Holmes

East Carolina University - Department of Economics ( email )

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