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Service productivity at airports

  • As the industry body IATA comments, there is at many airports a mismatch between profitability and efficiency and together with many researchers they argue for improvements to productivity measurement techniques and tools (Francis et al. 2002; International Air Transport Association, 2004; Jahns et al., 2007). In this chapter Claudia Lehmann and Kathrin M. Möslein examine the state of the art in determining airport productivity by academics on the one hand and on the other hand they empirically iestigate how airport managers capture it in practice._x000D_ Different airports differ strongly in their characteristics. Due to different ownership and regulatory structures, a diverse set of services and operating characteristics, the range of different locations close or remote to competing airports and areas of high population density, there is a high degree of quality differentiation and external constraints. All in all, the airport industry is very heterogeneous and diverse. In order to increase productivity and to stay competitive, airports need to be able to measure and to compare their performance with others as well as define and understand the best industry practices (Oum and Yu, 2004). The special characteristics of airports, however, lead to difficulties in measuring and comparing their performance.

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Document Type:Part of a Book
Author:Claudia Lehmann, Kathrin M. MösleinORCiD
Center:Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC)
Year of Completion:2014
In: Bessant, J.R.; Lehmann, C.; Möslein, K.M. (Eds.). Driving service productivity: value creation through innovation. Cham: Springer, 95-111