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India's Air Traffic System

Examining the multidimensional patterns of network characteristics for scheduled Indian airlines between 2006 and 2014, this article goes on to discuss their evolutionary paths. The well-known skewed traffic distribution, which spatially concentrates traffic around a few airports, serves as the starting point for dividing the system into its constituent route types. This analysis points to inferences that can be drawn about the development path of the Indian commercial air traffic system.

New Lisbon Airport Megaproject

In several aspects, the New Lisbon Airport resembles a modern odyssey in territorial planning. One can trace its origins back to the post-Salazarian 1970s. In the new millennium, it has encountered more obstacles such as regional political movements and the post-2007 financial crisis that seriously challenged government plans. This paper seeks to analyse the project in terms of space and time while comparing it with alternatives that emerged in the process of planning and politics.

Strategic Flexible Planning and Real Options for Airport Development in India

With market liberalisation, established airports have regularly faced greater uncertainties regarding their planned investments. However, airport authorities as well as private stakeholders (through international consortia) continue to invest in ever larger and more capital-intensive infrastructures. Major uncertainties arise regarding these long-term investments since traffic forecasts have a legacy of being grossly inaccurate. In contrast to such practice, both literature and empirical evidence suggest that airport development should be undertaken in incremental steps, avoiding over-commitment of funds and being able to adapt to a changed environment, including altered patterns of competition. This paper highlights scenarios that characterise paths of airport development in India. A decision-tree analysis provides a helpful tool to identify those paths for airport development that will minimise uncertainty and prove more effective in fostering robust and efficient growth for the Indian air traffic system as a whole.

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