Open Access Thesis
Competition; Industrial location--Iowa; Airports--Iowa; Spheres of influence;
Airports typically attract travelers from the immediate vicinity, but travelers may be willing to travel farther for better fares and more frequent flights. This study attempts to map the spatial variation of airport catchment areas using the Huff model. This model, originally designed to analyze retail store competition, can be applied to many forms of spatial competition, but it is a relatively unexplored approach in the context of airports. Unlike other air transportation travel choice models, it emphasizes spatial variation in market share and provides spatial representation in the form of a map. It is used in this study to analyze spatial variation in behavior choice patterns. County-level data on Iowa license plates were collected in parking lots at nine different airports to calibrate the model and approximate airport catchment areas in Iowa.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Geography
1 PDF file (viii, 73 pages)
©2017 - Joel Heilman
Heilman, Joel, "Spatial competition in airport markets: An application of the Huff model" (2017). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 465.