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Special Issue "Sustainability of Air Transport System: A Quantitative Assessment of Current and Future Developments"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Milan Janić

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 2628 BX, Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: analysis, modelling, planning, and design of transport modes and their systems including their sustainability; indicators and measures of the infrastructural, technical/technological, operational, economic, environmental, social, and policy performances of transport modes and their systems; multi-criteria evaluation of particular transport systems as either complementing or competing transport alternatives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The air transport system generally includes demand and supply components, represented by the main actors/stakeholders involved. The former generally includes users (air passengers) and air freight/cargo shippers/receivers. The latter includes the airlines, airports, air traffic control, aerospace manufacturers, local communities around airports, and dedicated regional, national, and international regulatory/policy authorities (bodies). So far the system has grown at an average annual rate of about 5% in passenger and 6% in freight/cargo traffic. Such development has consequently created both positive effects/benefits and negative impacts/costs on society and the environment. The former have generally included a contribution to the globalization of the world’s economy, local and global employment, and overall user welfare. The latter have included increasing local noise around airports, congestion and delays of transport services/flights and their users, an inherent increasing risk of incidents/accidents, emissions of GHGs contributing to global warming and climate change, land use, and waste. Under expectations of the continuous future growth of demand, the sustainability of air transport systems can generally be considered as balancing, that is, widening the gap between the above-mentioned effects/benefits and impacts/costs in the medium- to long-term future.

The particular above-mentioned actors/stakeholders involved may have different interpretations and approaches in dealing with the system’s sustainability and its particular components, including defining, modelling, and quantifying the relevant indicators for its measurement and monitoring, and consequently undertaking the necessary measures to achieve their specific targets.

An assessment and operationalization of the concept of a sustainable air transport system has been recognized as an important but complex research, operational, and policy task/problem. In the scope of the overall efforts to properly deal with this task/problem, this Special Issue intends to provide some academic/scientific contribution.

Therefore, you are invited to submit the results of your research containing quantitative rather than the qualitative approaches in dealing with sustainability in the given context. This implies applying the existing methods/tools to new problems/cases, developing the new methods and applying them to existing problems/cases, or both simultaneously—the new methods applying to the new problem/cases—all aiming at quantifying the abovementioned effects/benefits and/or impacts/costs relevant for airlines, airports, and air traffic control as the main actors/stakeholders.

Prof. Dr. Milan Janić
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • air transport system
  • airlines, airports, air traffic control
  • sustainability
  • effects/benefits
  • impacts/costs
  • quantitative approach

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