Working Paper: Study of the Robustness of the European Air Routes Network

Language: English

Lordan, O.; Florido, J.; Sallan, J.M.; Fernandez, V.; Simo, P., Gonzalez-Prieto, D. (2014). Study of the Robustness of the European Air Routes Network. Working Paper. SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2401696


In this working paper we make analysis on flight flow network structure of Europe. The aim of this study is to analyze the robustness of the European civil European air transportation network from the perspective of the theory of complex networks. This study is based on analyzing the behavior of the network when its nodes (airports) are removed by random attacks and deliberate attacks. The selection of nodes on deliberate attacks is based on four criteria: degree, betweenness, pagerank and eigenvector. This study aims to contribute to the understanding of the logistics network of European commercial flights, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of network statistical indicators as degree and betweenness distribution reveals that the flight flow network has the small-world characteristics and scale-free property.

Keywords: Robustness, Network, Air Routes

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