Dr Nigel Dennis

Senior Research Fellow

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I joined the University in 1988 after completing my PhD at the University of Birmingham on the topic of 'Hub and Spoke Networks and Scheduling Systems'. I have co-ordinated the Department's Air Transport activities since 1991 and have also contributed to research on topics ranging from a bus and coach safety study to forecasting freight transport costs.

External Activities

Nigel is a fellow of AirNeth - an advisory body for Dutch aviation policymakers, a member of the Association for European Transport and the European Policy and Research Programme Committee as well as being a member of the Aviation Economics and Forecasting Committee of the Transportation Research Board (US). He participated in an OECD (International Transport Forum) Research Round Table in Paris during October 2008 on the subject of Airline Competition, Systems of Airports and Intermodal Connections. He is a member of the Air Transport Research Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nigel is also external examiner for Transport and Logistics courses at the University of Huddersfield.

I am a module leader for Airline Planning on the MSc Transport Planning and Management and exams officer for the MSc Transport and Logistics programmes. I arrange and teach on the Department's extensive portfolio of aviation short courses. I also deliver a course in Airline Marketing and Management at Loughborough University each autumn.

Nigel's main research areas are in airline economics, management, scheduling, network analysis (hubs), forecasting and modelling. He has been involved in many research projects. These include studies of hub performance and developments for British Airways and the BAA, alternative network structures for DHL and economic impacts and airport charges for Ryanair. Long-term traffic forecasts have been produced and route network and airport operations simulated for the UK Department of Trade and Industry's 'VANTAGE' Project and for the new Berlin Airport. An evaluation of the Scottish Air Route Development Fund has been undertaken in conjunction with Scott Wilson for Scottish Enterprise. Developments in the budget airline sector were studied for the English Tourism Council and the effects of airline alliances on airports for Hochtief. Nigel has also participated in a number of European Commission funded studies on air transport in remote regions of Europe, airline fares and hub competition.

Nigel is currently involved with supervising two PhD students:

Jane Edwards on Pre-Trip Decision Making Behaviour of Passengers Using Low-Cost Carriers

Toral Patel on Enhancement of Transport Safety through Cross-Modal Switching

2018

A Tale of Two Cities: The Impact of Airline Mergers and Consolidation at London and New York (2018)
Dennis, N. and Pitfield, D. 2018. A Tale of Two Cities: The Impact of Airline Mergers and Consolidation at London and New York. TRB Annual Meeting. Washington DC 07 to end of 11 Jan 2018

2017

UK Regional Connectivity on the North Atlantic: Hub-Bypassing or just changing hubs? (2017)
Kremarik, F., Dennis, N. and Graham, A. 2017. UK Regional Connectivity on the North Atlantic: Hub-Bypassing or just changing hubs? 21st ATRS World Conference. Antwerp, Belgium 05 to end of 08 Jul 2017 ATRS.

2016

Understanding Consumer Preferences with Airline Scheduling (2016)
Graham, A., Dennis, N. and Nenum, S. 2016. Understanding Consumer Preferences with Airline Scheduling. Air Transport Research Society Annual Conference. Rhodes 23 to end of 26 Jun 2016

2014

Long Term Traffic Forecasts and Operating Pattern for a Regional Airport (2014)
Dennis, N. 2014. Long Term Traffic Forecasts and Operating Pattern for a Regional Airport. Air Transport Research Society World Conference. Bordeaux 17 to end of 20 Jul 2014 Air Transport Research Society.
Optimizing Consumer Preference in Airline Scheduling (2014)
Nenum, S., Dennis, N. and Graham, A. 2014. Optimizing Consumer Preference in Airline Scheduling. 18th Annual World Conference of the Air Transport Research Society. KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France 17 Jul 2014

2013

Strategies of Major Carriers Away from their Main Hub Airports: A Comparison of the European and US Experience (2013)
Dennis, N. and Stevens, K. 2013. Strategies of Major Carriers Away from their Main Hub Airports: A Comparison of the European and US Experience. Air Transport Research Society World Conference. Bergamo 26 to end of 29 Jun 2013 Air Transport Research Society.
The Traffic and Financial Performance of UK Regional Airports 2003-2013 (2013)
Graham, A. and Dennis, N. 2013. The Traffic and Financial Performance of UK Regional Airports 2003-2013 . Air Transport Research Society Annual World Conference. Bergamo 27 Jun 2013
A Method for Developing a Consumer Preference Centric Airline Schedule Quality Metric (2013)
Nenum, S., Dennis, N. and Graham, A. 2013. A Method for Developing a Consumer Preference Centric Airline Schedule Quality Metric. Air Transport Research Society Annual World Conference. Bergamo 27 Jun 2013

2010

Old conflicts, new rivals? Airline competition in the European market (2010)
Dennis, N. 2010. Old conflicts, new rivals? Airline competition in the European market. European Transport Conference 2010. Glasgow 11 - 13 October, 2010

2008

The impact of low cost airline operations to Malta (2008)
Graham, A. and Dennis, N. 2008. The impact of low cost airline operations to Malta. 48th Congress of the European Regional Science Association. Liverpool, UK 27 - 31 August 2008

2004

Running out of steam? The growth prospects for European low-cost airlines (2004)
Dennis, N. 2004. Running out of steam? The growth prospects for European low-cost airlines. 2004 Air Transport Research Society World Conference. Istanbul, Turkey 01-03 July 2004
Can the European low-cost airline boom continue? Implications for regional airports (2004)
Dennis, N. 2004. Can the European low-cost airline boom continue? Implications for regional airports. 44th European Congress of the European Regional Science Association. Porto, Portugal 25-29 Aug 2004

2001

Airport environmental capacity and developments in airline operations (2001)
Dennis, N. and Graham, A. 2001. Airport environmental capacity and developments in airline operations. SCAN-UK Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University 02 -03 Apr 2001

2016

Low cost carriers and the changing fortunes of airports in the UK (2016)
Halpern, N., Graham, A. and Dennis, N. 2016. Low cost carriers and the changing fortunes of airports in the UK. Research in Transportation Business and Management. 21, pp. 33-43.

2010

The impact of low-cost airline operations to Malta (2010)
Graham, A. and Dennis, N. 2010. The impact of low-cost airline operations to Malta. Journal of Air Transport Management. 16 (3), pp. 127-136.

2008

Comparative analysis of regional airline industry in Europe and North America and some insight into current developments (2008)
Dennis, N., Smyth, A. and Stevens, K. 2008. Comparative analysis of regional airline industry in Europe and North America and some insight into current developments. Transportation Research Record. 2052, pp. 118-125.

2007

Competition and change in the long-haul markets of Europe (2007)
Dennis, N. 2007. Competition and change in the long-haul markets of Europe. Journal of Air Transportation. 12 (2), pp. 4-26.
End of the free lunch? The responses of traditional European airlines to the low-cost carrier threat (2007)
Dennis, N. 2007. End of the free lunch? The responses of traditional European airlines to the low-cost carrier threat. Journal of Air Transport Management. 13 (5), pp. 311-321.
Airport traffic and financial performance: a UK & Ireland case study (2007)
Graham, A. and Dennis, N. 2007. Airport traffic and financial performance: a UK & Ireland case study. Journal of Transport Geography. 15 (3), pp. 161-171.
The transferability of the low-cost model to long-haul airline operations (2007)
Francis, G., Dennis, N., Ison, S. and Humphreys, I. 2007. The transferability of the low-cost model to long-haul airline operations. Tourism Management. 28 (2), pp. 391-398.
Stimulation or saturation? Perspectives on European low-cost airline market and prospects for growth (2007)
Dennis, N. 2007. Stimulation or saturation? Perspectives on European low-cost airline market and prospects for growth. Transportation Research Record. 2007, pp. 52-59.

2005

Industry consolidation and future airline network structures in Europe (2005)
Dennis, N. 2005. Industry consolidation and future airline network structures in Europe. Journal of Air Transport Management. 11 (3), pp. 175-183.

2002

Long-term route traffic forecasts and flight schedule pattern for a medium-sized European airport (2002)
Dennis, N. 2002. Long-term route traffic forecasts and flight schedule pattern for a medium-sized European airport. Journal of Air Transport Management. 8 (5), pp. 313-324.
Budget airlines (2002)
Dennis, N. 2002. Budget airlines. Insights. ISS-55 (ART-106), pp. D9-D17.

2001

Developments of hubbing at European airports (2001)
Dennis, N. 2001. Developments of hubbing at European airports. Air and Space Europe. 3 (1/2), pp. 51-55.

2000

Scheduling issues and network strategies for international airline alliances (2000)
Dennis, N. 2000. Scheduling issues and network strategies for international airline alliances. Journal of Air Transport Management. 6 (2), pp. 75-85.
Low cost airlines and scheduled airline operations (2000)
Dennis, N. 2000. Low cost airlines and scheduled airline operations. Transport Economist. 27 (2), pp. 1-8.

2009

Airline trends in Europe: network consolidation and the mainstreaming of low-cost strategies (2009)
Dennis, N. 2009. Airline trends in Europe: network consolidation and the mainstreaming of low-cost strategies. in: Gossling, S. and Upham, P. (ed.) Climate change and aviation: issues, challenges and solutions London Earthscan. pp. 151-176

2008

Development of new services from regional airports (2008)
Dennis, N. 2008. Development of new services from regional airports. in: Lupi, M. (ed.) Methods and models for planning the development of regional airport systems Milan FrancoAngeli. pp. 29-46

2007

The future of European air transport operations (2007)
Dennis, N. 2007. The future of European air transport operations. in: Dennis, N. (ed.) European air traffic management: principles, practice, and research Aldershot Ashgate. pp. 151-180

2004

The future of long-haul air services from Europe (2004)
Dennis, N. 2004. The future of long-haul air services from Europe. in: European Transport Conference (ETC 2004) Association for European Transport.

2003

Boom or bust? The future of the low-cost airlines in Europe (2003)
Dennis, N. 2003. Boom or bust? The future of the low-cost airlines in Europe. in: Annual European Transport Conference (ETC 2003) UNKNOWN.

2002

The crisis in air transport and the future structure of European airlines and airports (2002)
Dennis, N. and Graham, A. 2002. The crisis in air transport and the future structure of European airlines and airports. in: Proceedings of the European Transport Conference, 9-11 September 2002 London, UK Association for European Transport.

2007

VANTAGE Phase 1, Traffic Flow Model (2007)
Cook, A.J., Tanner, G. and Dennis, N. 2007. VANTAGE Phase 1, Traffic Flow Model. University of Westminster.

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