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Network analysis of China's aviation system, statistical and spatial structure
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Geoinformatik och Geodesi. (Geoinformatics)
2012 (English)In: Journal of Transport Geography, ISSN 0966-6923, Vol. 22, 109-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aviation systems are less geographically constrained compared to ground transportation because their routes are not so affected by geographical conditions. For this reason, aviation systems are endowed to some extent with a distinctive network topology and spatial pattern. In this article, the statistical features of China’s aviation system (CAS) are investigated through a complex network approach by examining weekly flight patterns. The correlation study proves the existence of a spatial hierarchical structure within China’s aviation network, which implies a more complex spatial mechanism. Subsequently the spatial structure of CAS is explored based on the flight distances between airport cities. In light of three measurements of node strength, population and GDP, It has been decided that the spatial effect of China’s aviation system should be analyzed separately in term of different distance scales. Only for medium- and long-distance travel, the flight patterns conform to a gravitation law; therefore, the distance dependence function can be generalized as a scaling relationship. In summary, from a complex network angle, this paper provides preliminary but enlightening insights to understanding the unique spatial mechanism of aviation systems.

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2012. Vol. 22, 109-117 p.
Keyword [en]
Complex network, Transportation, Spatial distance, Gravitation law, China
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-89486DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.12.002ISI: 000304792500012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862793404OAI: diva2:503049
QC 20120628Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-07-02Bibliographically approved

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