Deploying regional jets to add new spokes to a hub

Ian Savage*, Burgess Scott

*Corresponding author for this work

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A common use of regional jets has been to add new spokes to existing hubs. This paper estimates a model to explain the 36 new links that were added by Delta Air Lines affiliate Comair to its Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport hub between 1996 and 2001. Distance, population of the spoke city, and number of flights offered through alternative hubs were strong predictors of new service. The coefficients of the model were validated by using them to predict new links added over the same period at Atlanta, Georgia. The majority of these new routes were operated by regional jets owned by another Delta affiliate, Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-150
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Air Transport Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Hub-and-spoke systems
  • New service
  • Regional jets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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