Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title The Spatial Impacts of Southwest Airlines on Air Traffic Patterns & Pricing in the United States
Author(s) Vowles, Timothy Michael
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Doctoral
Degree Name Ph.D.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 2000 November
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Abstract The research conducted has three main components. The first component is an updating of the "Southwest Effect" as observed by Air Transport World (1998), Dresner, Lin, and Windle (1996), and Southwest (1999). This updating illustrates that when Southwest enters a market there is a significant increase in pass-engers carried in the majority of the markets and a significant decrease in the average fare paid by travelers in the markets examined. The second goal of this work demonstrates how Southwest Airlines has created a "Wal...;MartEffect" on surrounding airports when entering a market. While this "Wal-Mart Effect" is not a strong as the original "Southwest Effect", the research shows that the carrier indeed has an effect on enplanements and fares especially in multi-airport regions. The final objective studied in this research is the effect of the airline in changing metropolitan linkages. The increase in passengers attributed to the Southwest Effect lead to movements within the hierarchies of the cities studied. One of the biggest movers was Baltimore, which saw an increase in ranking in almost all of the cases studied. There was a general increase in the rankings of Southwest served cities when compared to non-Southwest served airports. - This research shows that Southwest Airlines does indeed have a profound effect on both the number of passengers traveling between airports and the average fare the passenger pays. It also shows that the carrier has the ability to strengthen the interaction between two airports with the type of service that it provides.
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