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Institutional Reform of Air Navigation Service Providers

A Historical and Economic Perspective Rui Neiva, Ricardo Energy & Environment, UK
Institutional Reform of Air Navigation Service Providers deals with the changes that have taken place in this major, technologically progressive industry as many countries moved away from direct provision by the government to forms of corporate or private provision. The author provides an up-to-date institutional and economic analysis of air navigation service providers’ efforts to reform their governance and funding structures under these changes.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $110.00 Web: $99.00
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78471 207 5
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Institutional Reform of Air Navigation Service Providers deals with the changes that have taken place in this major, technologically progressive industry as many countries moved away from direct provision by the government to forms of corporate or private provision. The author provides an up-to-date institutional and economic analysis of air navigation service providers’ efforts to reform their governance and funding structures under these changes.

The book discusses air navigation service providers in great detail, with a focus on the historical evolution of the industry’s institutional and regulatory frameworks as well as the ongoing developments in the industry (e.g. the Single European Sky in Europe and NextGen in the US). The author departs from the more conventional quasi-descriptive analysis by performing economic and econometric analyses of the industry that explicitly include institutional variables, e.g. to explore whether the nature of ownership can be associated with different economic efficiency outcomes. The result is a rigorous assessment of the structures of various air navigation service providers, strengthened by the use of case studies and policy analysis of potential reform.

The theme and scope of this book will appeal to anyone interested in the institutional and regulatory history of air navigation service providers, and its accessible approach will appeal to policy-makers and professionals as well as people who are interested, more broadly, in economic regulation.
‘In the last 30 years, most developed nations have corporatized their air navigation service providers, providing significant benefits to the travelling public and national economies. At a time when one of the last holdouts – the United States – is once again discussing the corporatization of its air traffic control system, Dr. Neiva’s book presents a thorough analysis of the issues that other countries have had to deal with when they corporatized their systems. This book should not be missed by anyone who wants a detailed study of a very important policy, transportation, and economic topic.’
– Jim Burnley, Former US Secretary of Transportation, US

‘Not every book has the potential to change the world, but this one does. Dr. Neiva’s research and analysis of the US experience with respect to air traffic control, and his extensive look at how other countries provide these services, could help make history. The US is now seriously considering major reforms to its air traffic services, and access to objective, thoughtful, and rigorous research like this is essential reading for policy makers and academics alike.’
– Joshua Schank, CEO and President, Eno Center for Transportation, DC, US

‘The changing structure and growth of global aviation has resulted in major challenges for the capacity, organization, and financing of air navigation. Rui Neiva’s book presents a thorough review of the governance and performance of air navigation providers worldwide. The use of a variety of economic analyses provides new insights about the drivers of air traffic control performance, including important findings about the effects of commercialization/privatization and the benefits of airspace reform. The book’s analysis of productivity across European air navigation service providers is especially well done. The book is an important – and timely – contribution to the future development of aviation infrastructure.’
– John Strong, College of William and Mary, US
Contents: Introduction 1. Regulation: Theory and Practice 2. Economic Regulation in the Transportation Industry 3. Air Navigation Services 4. ANSP Commercialisation 5. The US Experience 6. Air Navigation Services Provision Across the Globe 7. SWOT Analysis 8. Data Envelopment Analysis Study of European ANSPs 9. Conclusion and Policy Implications Index