Development status and prospects for aviation hubs - A comparative study of the major airports in South-east Asia

Winai Homsombat, Zheng Lei, Xiaowen Fu

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This paper benchmarks the key performance measures of the hub airports in Southeast Asia. Our investigation suggests that (1) Hong Kong has been a leader in terms of network connectivity, traffic growth, hub airline developments, and cargo logistics. (2) Bangkok airport's growth has been constrained by political instability and weak hub airline development; in the long-run, the airport, however, has great potential. (3) The development of low-cost carriers have become a major driver for traffic growth, but the implications to airport connectivity have been unclear. (4) Despite limited progress on regional liberalization, intra-Asian routes have clearly contributed to traffic growth and hub airport connectivity. (5) Governments should safeguard airline competition by promoting market liberalization and airport capacity investments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-591
Number of pages19
JournalSingapore Economic Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • Airport competition
  • network connectivity
  • regional aviation hub

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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