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Chunyan Yu, professor of air transport management with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Business in Daytona Beach, Fla. ​

Setting Global Benchmarks for Airport Performance

What’s the most efficient airport in the world?

In 2017, the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) recognized Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as the world’s most efficient airport.

That conclusion was based on an assessment of 206 airports and 24 airport groups, spanning the Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, directed by Chunyan Yu, professor of air transport management with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Business in Daytona Beach, Fla. Yu presented the results of the 2017 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Task Force Report during the ATRS World Conference in Antwerp, Belgium.

The report compares productivity and efficiency, unit costs and cost competitiveness, financial results and airport charges at each airport. College of Business students compile and analyze the data, supervised by Yu and a 16-member task force. She has been a member of the Task Force since its initiation in 2000, when she was at the University of British Columbia.  The project moved to Embry-Riddle in 2014, following a competitive bidding process.

“The report provides an unbiased, comprehensive assessment of airports,” explains Yu, co-author of two books on airline efficiency. “The goal is to help airports improve their overall performance and operate as efficiently as possible.”

In Antwerp, College of Business Dean Michael Williams presented the Efficiency Excellence Award to Balram Bheodari, deputy general manager of the Atlanta airport.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the spring 2018 edition of ResearchER magazine (Vol. 2, No. 1). The ResearchER archives can be found on Scholarly Commons.

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