Air Transport Research Society and Embry-Riddle Announce Results of Global Airport Performance

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wins Top Efficiency Excellence Award for 13th Year in a Row 

The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and Embry-Riddle recently released the key results of the ATRS 2016 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Task Force report at the 2016 ATRS World Conference.  This annual report provides a comprehensive, unbiased comparison of airport performance worldwide, focusing on productivity and operating/management efficiency, unit cost competitiveness and comparison of airport charges.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was named as the most efficient airport in the world. This marks the 13th year ATL has received the Efficiency Excellence Award from ATRS, a worldwide research network guided by a 16-member task force of leading academics from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.

The ATRS Annual Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Project was initiated in 2000 and is currently hosted at Embry-Riddle’s College of Business in Daytona Beach, Florida. Students in the College of Business collect and compile data, conduct analysis and generate the annual report under the supervision of Benchmarking Task Force Project Manager Dr. Chunyan Yu, Professor of Air Transport Management.

Other top performers in the United States include Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and Eppley International Airport (OMA) in Omaha, Neb.

“The airport benchmarking project comparing the performance of airports worldwide was initiated when more and more countries starting to commercialize and/or privatize their airports,” said Dr. Yu. “Knowledge about best practices in the industry is important for passengers, investors, airport operators, airlines, shippers, regulators and other stakeholders to help improve the efficiency and cost competitiveness of airports.”

key findings of the report

The three-volume report can be ordered at

About the Air Transport Research Society

The Air Transport Research Society was established in 1995 to enhance the research capability for multinational and multidisciplinary issues on air transportation, and to foster interaction between international and national aviation academics dealing with policy, management strategy and infrastructure issues. 

The ATRS benchmarking database includes historical data going back to 2002, and provides the most comprehensive data for systematic analysis of airports’ current and past performance. The report covers 205 airports from around the world, including all 29 large-hub airports and 33 medium-hub airports in the United States.

About the Embry-Riddle College of Business

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Embry-Riddle’s College of Business is leading the new frontier in business education. The College of Business boasts 26 degree programs, from associate’s to Ph.D, with students, faculty and alumni from around the world that are shaping the business of flight and beyond to the business of space. Students at Embry-Riddle benefit from belonging to a globally connected network that includes fellow students and experienced faculty—some of whom remain working professionals—as well as alumni from top companies that regularly recruit Embry-Riddle students for career positions and internships. With online educational opportunities, students have the flexibility to learn at the residential campus in Daytona Beach, Florida, at 125-plus Worldwide Campus locations or even in their own home.

The College of Business also offers a range of continued education programs, corporate training, seminars and workshops for individuals and organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry. Specialized professional development courses can be found under broader categories such as Aviation Management and Business Administration. For more information, visit Professional Education.



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