SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (10): 1220-1229.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2015.010.1220

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Network Structure and Regional Difference of Aviation Links in China

Hai-jiang WANG1,2(), Chang-hong MIAO2()   

  1. 1.School of Surveying & Land Information Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, Henan 454000, China
    2.Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development/College of Environment & Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004, China
  • Received:2014-01-25 Revised:2014-06-05 Online:2015-10-25 Published:2015-10-25


Regional spatial links is based on the interactivity phenomenon between different objects space, the aviation links is one kinds of space relationship. According to the national domestic flights information data(data of Hongkong, Macau and Tiwan excluding), using GIS spatial analysis method base on O-D network, by means of carve every aviation links within the large dimension data space, this article analyses the network structures of the aviation links between national center cities which open to air traffic, compares with special links in the abstract, and display airline network structure and its spatial atlases by different transport distance in China. Research shows, aviation network distribution highly coincide with population and economic space in China, large city agglomeration characteristics is significantly, the whole spatial distribution is not balanced. Based on the flights data, central cities can be divided into 4 grades as national, regional, provincial and local center, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou as the national center. The study also found, national airlines mainly concentrated in the 600-2 000 km space distance range, and the aviation links network with the spatial links shows strong correlation during this range, indicates China’s domestic flights suitable travel during this spatial distance range, aviation links on the whole subject to spatial distance attenuating tendency. The regional distribution of the air passenger flows is extremely out-off-balance, the eastern air transport status is extremely prominent, the west is relatively strong, the central and northeast relatively weak. Air passenger flows interflows mainly concentrate on the eastern coastal to western, central and northeast regional, and extremely less between western, central and northeast regional.

Key words: aviation links, central cities, network structure, regional difference, spatial attenuating tendency

CLC Number: 

  • F560