Craig Carlson

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




With the passage of the Deregulation Act of 1978 the government unknowingly hastened the arrival of the “Hub and Spoke” system of airline operations. The passage of this act along with the increasing use of smaller commuter planes has caused the airlines to over schedule many of the larger hub airports in the United States causing many delays in the nation’s air traffic control system. Of the large hub airports in the United States a convenience sample was taken to ensure the needed data was present. Schedule data for the time period of May 2004 – June 2004 was collected and analyzed to find the impact that airline scheduling had on airport delays. Throughout the research it became clear that all the airports studied were not affected equally by airline scheduling, and that a handful of these airports operations were moderately to severely affected by airline scheduling.