Study of the robustness of the European air routes network (LISS 2014 - Berkeley)

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. 4th International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Science (LISS 2014). University of California – Berkeley (USA).

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 either by random errors or by deliberate attacks. 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. The selection of nodes on deliberate attacks is based on four centrality criteria: degree, betweenness, pagerank and eigenvector. This study aims to contribute to the understanding of the logistics network of European commercial flights, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses.

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