ATRS (Air Transport Research Society), the world’s leading research society in the air transportation field, is now in its 18th year. It was established to enhance research capability for multinational and multi-disciplinary issues on air transportation, and to foster interaction with international and national institutions that deal with policy, management strategy, and/or infrastructure issues concerning global aviation.
The ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Task Force was initiated in 2000 to establish unbiased and consistent performance indicators for various aspects of airports’ operation, and to provide a meaningful global comparison of airport performance. It recently published its 13th annual Global Airport Benchmarking reports.
The report measures and compares the performance of several important aspects of airport operation, including productivity and efficiency, unit costs and cost competitiveness, financial results and airport charges. The report also examines the relationships between various performance measures and airport characteristics as well as management strategies in order to provide a better understanding of the observed differences in airport performance. The 2014 report includes 200 airports and 26 airport groups of various sizes and ownership forms in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) won the 2014 top efficiency excellence award. Assistant General Manager Balram Bheodari accepted the award on behalf of ATL at the annual ATRS World Conference in Bordeaux, France, which was attended by CEOs and senior executives of seven other award winning airports.
College of Business at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) now hosts the research and production of the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report after winning the bid in competition with seven other international institutions. Students in the College of Business conduct research and analysis and generate the annual report under the supervision of Dr. Chunyan Yu. The first ERAU cohort (2 MBA students and two undergraduate students) started to work on the project in May 2014, collecting and compiling traffic, financial and other statistics and information of 200 airports and 26 airport groups worldwide. The first ERAU generated report will be officially released in the summer of 2015 at the 18th ATRS World Conference in Singapore.