Impacts of COVID-19 on Airport Activity, 2019-2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic indicate a strong divergence between passenger and freight activities, with the largest airports fairing better. Impacts of COVID-19 on Airport Passenger and Freight Activity, 2019-2020 | The Geography of Transport Systems (transportgeography.org)

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Airport Passenger and Freight Activity, 2019-2020

Source: Airport Council International. The COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a 45% decline in traffic for the world’s largest airports, while it was around 65% across all airports. The pandemic forced a quick rationalization of air services with the largest airports able to retain more connectivity than the smaller airports.

Airport Terminals section updated

The section covering airport terminals has been updated to include recent developments, such as Covid-19. Dr. John Bowen of Central Washington University is the main author. 6.5 – Airport Terminals | The Geography of Transport Systems (transportgeography.org)

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Amazon Air Hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Amazon Air’s new $1.5 billion hub opened adjacent to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in August 2021. The Phase I area south of the airport has 2.6 million square feet of space and is staffed by 2000 workers. By comparison, the UPS Worldport at Louisville has 5.2 million square feet

Waves of Transport Development (update)

Updated a page depicting the major waves of technological development in transportation since the 18th century. Cumulative Waves of Transport Development | The Geography of Transport Systems (transportgeography.org)

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Rationale for Outsourcing

Outsourcing involves moving some of the internal activities of a firm to outside provider(s). The supplier replaces some internal capacity and production through a binding agreement defining the terms, costs, and duration for the procurement. The means of production are transferred to the supplier, which can be a benefit but

Peak globalization? World merchandise trade, 1960-2020

Global merchandise trade has peaked since around 2015. The share of trade in relation to the global GDP is steadily declining as well, from a peak of 50% to around 40%. Is this an indication that peak globalization has been reached, or will global trade continue to rapidly grow in

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World air traffic, passenger and freight (update)

Updated air traffic figures for 2020. Obviously, because of the pandemic, passenger traffic experienced a 65% drop. However, air cargo traffic only declined by about 2%. It is expected that 2021 will show a significant bounceback, possibly close to pre-pandemic levels. World Air Travel and World Air Freight Carried, 1950-2020

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Parcel deliveries in the United States, 2004-2020 (update)

Updated parcel deliveries figures by major carriers, including Amazon. 2020 is yet another year that experienced strong growth in parcel deliveries and an ongoing decline in mail deliveries. Mail Carried by USPS and Parcels Carried by Major Carriers, United States, 2004-2020 | The Geography of Transport Systems (transportgeography.org)

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Air transport section updated

The section covering air transportation, with Dr. John Bowen as lead author, has been substantially updated. It reflects recent development in air transport services and the ongoing impacts of the Covid pandemic. 5.5 – Air Transport | The Geography of Transport Systems (transportgeography.org)

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