Network structure and capacity requirement: The case of China

Yimin Zhang (First Author)

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This paper analyzes capacity requirement by alternative network structures. Based on a simple model, it is concluded that the capacity required under a hub-and-spoke network would be more than twice as large as the capacity required under a fully connected network. In recent years, China has experienced unprecedented growth in the demand for air travel, which has put continuous pressure on the expansion in airport capacity. Still as a developing country, China suffers from insufficient investment in infrastructure. Therefore, given scarce capacity, it may be more efficient for the major air carriers not to adopt the hub-and-spoke network in Chinese domestic markets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-197
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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  • Air transportation in China
  • Airport capacity
  • Hub-and-spoke
  • Network structure

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  • SCIE
  • Scopus
  • SSCI


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