The origin-destination airport choice for all-cargo aircraft operations in Europe

Franziska Kupfer*, Roselinde Kessels, Peter Goos, Eddy Van de Voorde, Ann Verhetsel

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In this paper, we analyze the origin–destination airport choice for freighter operations of combination and all-cargo carriers in Europe. First, we discuss the choice process of airlines qualitatively. Next, using a stated choice experiment, we show that the presence of forwarders at an airport is the primary factor in explaining airlines’ choices, especially for airlines serving main airports. For airlines primarily serving regional airports, the possibility for night-time flights is most important. Finally, the presence of passenger operations at an airport is not a significant factor and the level of origin–destination demand is of limited importance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-74
Number of pages22
JournalTransportation Research Part E-Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Air cargo
  • Discrete choice
  • Stated preference
  • Airport choice
  • Multinomial logit model
  • Panel mixed logit model

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