Assessing the effect of urban socioeconomic factors and the financial crisis of 2008 on domestic air cargo traffic in Florida

  • Farshid Azadian


In this paper, we investigate the relationship between the social and economic attributes of metropolitan areas and their corresponding domestic cargo traffic. We considered a period of 14 years (2003–2016) and studied the impact of population demographics, employment, and regional industries on domestic cargo traffic of a sampled set of metropolitan areas in Florida. We considered all-cargo carriers and mixed passenger–cargo carriers. Our results provide empirical insights into factors determining the air cargo traffic in Florida. Both population and age demographics of a region is shown to be influential on cargo traffic. Manufacturing industries are shown to prefer all-cargo carriers to mixed passenger–cargo carriers and their concentration in a metro area results in an increase of cargo traffic. In contrast, service industries generate low demand for air cargo. Our results show that larger airports tend to attract cargo traffic away from smaller airports in their close proximity. We also provide insights into the impact of the financial crisis of 2008 on domestic cargo traffic in the region. We study the recovery trend and the impact of the high fuel jet prices on slowing down this trend.


Air cargo transportation Metropolitan socioeconomic factors Florida Regression analysis The Great Recession 



The author is grateful to the three anonymous reviewers and the editor whose valuable suggestions and comments improved the technical content and presentation clarity of this manuscript.

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The corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of BusinessEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityDaytona BeachUSA

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