Cleveland State University

Economic Development

Research Topics


Hill, Edward W., The Air Services Hierarchy in North America: A regional perspective on air services and economic development, Economic Development Commentary, (Fall 1998) 22(3): 30-38.**

This article examines the structure of the air services market in North America and the implications of that market structure for economic development. Both passenger services and air cargo are discussed. A seven-part typology of metropolitan air service markets is introduced as an alternative to thinking about capacity constraints in individual airports. Examining regional air service markets, and coordinating regional capacity, offers alternatives to building new airports when a region's dominant airport reaches capacity. The implications of using air freight as an airport development strategy are also discussed.

Hill, Edward W., The future of Northeast Ohio's airports: Framing the coming debate (Cleveland: The Urban Center, October 14, 1997)

Over the course of the past 10 or more years, community leaders have engaged in considerable debate regarding the future of Northeast Ohio's air service capabilities. No one has questioned the importance of providing superior air transportation in and out of the Northeast Ohio market; in fact, quite the opposite is true. Leaders are in strong agreement that air service is critical to the continued economic growth of this area.

They are not in agreement, however, as to how that service can best be delivered. While the cities of Brook Park and Cleveland have come to an agreement on the expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, ongoing discussions continue regarding the development of a new regional airport, possibly at the large abandoned Ravenna Arsenal property. It is clear to me, however, that the best course of action is one that has not yet been discussed. The solution to volume constraints lies in maximizing existing air service capacity and in making incremental investments that improve the competitive position of all Northeast Ohio's airports.

* article is peer reviewed
** article is reviewed by editorial board
*** article is invited

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