This paper investigates the relation between the LAU2 centroids of selected countries in Eastern Europe and the closest airports, in terms of contribution to the construction of the theoretical catchment areas for these air nodes. Using time distances calculated in the road network and demographic mass of 2010, the methodology we propose is a reproductible guideline for the estimation of the relation between different geographical objects that match on an administrative geometry, at local level. Taking a conceptual distance to notions such as spatial accessibility or potential of interaction, we delineated the catchment areas based on the relative demographic contribution of the LAU2 to the construction of the airports' territorial service areas. The main challenge we faced is not the complexity of the model, but the proper estimation of the time distances in the road network and the implementation of cumulated population functions that can be mapped, in order to decline our objective - the territorial catchment areas of the airports.


catchment areas, time distances, cumulated population functions, VIGO, LAU2

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