Michael D. Wittman



Ph.D. candidate in Air Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Assistant, MIT International Center for Air Transportation

News:

I will be returning to MIT as a Ph.D. candidate in Air Transportation Systems starting June 2015!
My colleagues Florian Allroggen, Robert Malina, and I have a new paper on a global model of air transport connectivity that was recently accepted to Transportation Research: Part E.

Education:

Ph.D. candidate, Air Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015 - present
SM, Transportation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2014
BS, Mathematics & Economics, American University, Washington, DC, 2012

Contact:

International Center for Air Transportation
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building 35-217
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
E-mail: wittman AT mit DOT edu
 

About:

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Air Transportation Systems at MIT, based in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. My current research is examining the implications of IATA's New Distribution Capability (NDC) for airline pricing and RM. My other work focuses primarily on analyzing recent trends in capacity, connectivity, airfares, and service quality in the U.S. domestic airline industry.

I work at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, where I am advised by Dr. Peter Belobaba. Much of my work is in collaboration with Bill Swelbar. I have also been affiliated with the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR) on a project for the FAA. My work has been cited by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and in a number of national and local news outlets.

CV:

You can access my CV here.

Research:

Peer-reviewed Journals:


Allroggen, F., M.D. Wittman, and R. Malina. 2015. How Air Transport Connects the World - A New Metric of Air Connectivity and Its Evolution between 1990 and 2012. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. To appear.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2014. Capacity Discipline and the Consolidation of Airport Connectivity in the United States. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2449: 72-78.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. Public Funding of Airport Incentives in the United States: The Efficacy of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. Transport Policy 35: 220-228.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. Are low-cost carrier passengers less likely to complain about service quality? Journal of Air Transport Management 35: 64-71.

MIT Small Community Air Service White Paper Series:


Wittman, M.D. 2014. 2013 Data Update: Trends and Market Forces Shaping Small Community Air Service in the U.S. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2014-03.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. An Assessment of Air Service Accessibility in U.S. Metropolitan Regions, 2007-2012. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2014-02.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. Public Funding of Airport Incentives: The Efficacy of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2014-01.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2013. Evolving Trends of U.S. Domestic Airfares: The Impacts of Competition, Consolidation, and Low-Cost Carriers. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2013-07.
This report was featured in USA Today and on Bloomberg TV.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2013. Modeling Changes in Connectivity at U.S. Airports: A Small Community Perspective. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2013-05.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2013. Trends and Market Forces Shaping Small Community Air Service in the United States. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2013-02.
This report was featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, The Economist (blog), Travel Weekly, and other media. I gave an interview about the paper on 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio.

My other work also includes:


Wittman, M.D. 2014. Commercial Air Service at Virginia's Airports: Challenges and Opportunities. The Virginia News Letter 90 (5).

Ball, M.O., X. Barnes, P.P. Belobaba, R.J. Hansman, T. Li, A.A. Trani, and M.D. Wittman. 2013. Five-Year Operational Expectations for the National Airspace System. National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR).