An Application of the Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Analysis to the Selection of a New Hub Airport

  • Milan Janic OTB Research Institute, Delft University of Technology
  • Aura Reggiani Department of Economics, University of Bologna

Abstract

The paper illustrates the application of three Multiple-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM)
methods to the problem of the selection of a new hub airport for a hypothetical European
Union (EU) airline assumed to operate within the EU liberalised air transport market. The
three MCDM methods used are SAW (Simple Additive Weighting), TOPSIS (Technique for
Order Preference by Similarity to the Ideal Solution) and AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process),
and they are applied to a preselected set of alternative airports. The attributes (criteria) are
defined to express the performance of particular alternatives (airports) relevant for a
Decision-Maker (DM), in this case the EU airline in question.
In addition to illustrating the three methods, this application of three different MCDM
methods is intended to lead to a preliminary judgment about their usefulness as
supplementary decision-making tools for eventual practical use. The example in which seven
preselected European airports are ranked according to nine performance criteria, indicates
that all three methods, if applied to the same problem and using the same method for
determining the importance of the different criteria, produce the same results

How to Cite
JANIC, Milan; REGGIANI, Aura. An Application of the Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Analysis to the Selection of a New Hub Airport. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, apr. 2002. ISSN 1567-7141. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/ejtir/article/view/3692>. Date accessed: 16 june 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.18757/ejtir.2002.2.2.3692.
Published
2002-04-01