An important part of any nation’s strategy for air transportation is the concept of airport connectivity, as represented by the regular commercial flights which connect the airport to airports in other regions of economic interest. The connections establish opportunities for economic interactions in which the rapid transit of people or products is critical. Airport connectivity is thus an important contributor to a nation’s industrial strategy, its access to global markets, and its attractiveness as part of foreign business and leisure travel itineraries.
Our focus in this research is on the measurement and value of airport connectivity. We develop an automated tool for constructing the airport connectivity graph and analyzing it for centrality. We also develop a decision-support tool for connectivity-related strategic decisions made by an airport or regulator within an international context.