Global airline networks and nodal regions

Tony H. Grubesic, Timothy C. Matisziw, Matthew A. Zook

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Transportation infrastructure has always played an important role in the economic fate of regions. In particular, airline networks have dramatically decreased the geographic and temporal constraints of moving people, goods and information; all of which are increasingly crucial inputs for the information economy. As a result, regions have become more concerned with both the quantity and quality of airline connections. The purpose of this paper is to examine the emerging global hierarchy of airline network connectivity. Using a proprietary database of nearly 900 airline carrier schedules from 2006, we examine regional connectivity between 4,650 worldwide origins and destinations. Through the use of network analysis and graph theoretical techniques, results indicate an increasingly complex web of nodal hierarchies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Access
  • Airline network connectivity
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Globalization
  • Transport economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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