E’ di pochi giorni fa la notizia dell’ulteriore taglio di Alitalia alle rotte servite da Malpensa: anche Roma sarà ormai quasi irraggiungibile dallo scalo lombardo.
“An increasing body of literature has found a positive and significant impact of airport activities on local economies. However, it is not clear whether this effect is driven by demand factors (passengers arriving and departing with their expenditure) or supply factors (accessibility provision for local firms). By considering the 2008 de-hubbing of Malpensa as a natural experiment, we estimate the impact of a reduction in connectivity on employment in Travel-To-Work Areas of Lombardia, Piemonte, Liguria and Emilia Romagna. De-hubbing decision, in fact, affected permanently the intercontinental accessibility of the airport, with only temporary effect in terms of passengers. We found that areas specialized into export-oriented sectors suffered from the contraction in the degree of connectivity and that this effect decreases with the distance from the airport. No effect was found in urban areas and in areas specialized into heavy industry sectors.”