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

The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University released the key results of the ATRS 2017 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Task Force report at the 2017 ATRS World Conference in Antwerp, Belgium.  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) has been named the most efficient airport in the world. This marks the 14th year ATL, the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic, 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.

Dr. Michael Williams, professor and dean of the College of Business at Embry-Riddle presented the worldwide Efficiency Excellence Award to Balram Bheodari, Deputy General Manager of Atlanta Airport.

“This award is a testament to the forefathers who designed the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport so efficiently,” said Bheodari. “This efficiency allows ATL to be cost competitive and operationally efficient to maximize operations, all of which contributes to the continuous growth of the airport.”

The ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Project measures and compares the performance of several important aspects of airport operations: Productivity and efficiency, unit costs and cost competitiveness, financial results and airport charges. The report also examines the relationships between various performance measures and airport characteristics as well as management strategies in order to provide a better understanding of observed differences in airport performance. The 2017 report includes 206 airports and 24 airport groups of various sizes and ownership forms in 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 winners across the globe include:

North America:
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport – 25-40 million-passengers
Vancouver International Airport - 10-25 million-passengers
Kahului Airport – under 10 million-passengers 

Overall Winner: Athens International Airport – also the 10-25 million-passengers
Amsterdam Airport – over 40 million-passengers
Copenhagen Airport – 25-40 million-passengers
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg – under 10 million-passengers
Airport Groups: Royal Schiphol Group 

Overall Winner: Jeju International Airport – also the 25-40 million-passengers
Hong Kong International Airport – over 40 million-passengers
Haikou Meilan International Airport – 10-25 million-passengers
Guam International Airport – under 10 million-passengers
Airport Groups – Korea Airport Corporation (KAC) 


Overall Winer:  Sydney Airport
Townsville Airport – under 15 million-passengers 

“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.”

Click here for key findings of the report

The three-volume report can be ordered at http://www.atrsworld.org/airportawards.html

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 206 airports from around the world.

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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