The National Academies

ACRP 03-72 [Anticipated]

Economic Impact of E-Commerce on The Airport Industry

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Staff Responsibility: Edward K. McDonald III
Comments: In development
Fiscal Year: 2023

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

Due to the rise of e-commerce, air cargo carriers seek opportunities to build vertical relationships with airports to provide faster delivery options to their customers. The vertical relationships between air cargo carriers and airports lead to the economic growth of airports, and airports enjoy higher output, more revenue, and new cargo facility investments. Air cargo carriers invest heavily at airports to have specialized cargo facilities to provide safe, fast, and accurate movement of goods.  Research is needed to examine the economic impact of the rise in e-commerce on the airport industry and to provide insight into the potential opportunities for airports.

The objective of this research is to gain insight into economic impact of increased e-commerce activities at airports, including a better understanding of the vertical relationships between air cargo carriers and airports and potential opportunities for airports to benefit from the e-commerce market.

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