Forecasting InternationalAirTransport Arrivals using Monthly Seasonal Indices: Evidence at Entebbe InternationalAirport

Freddie Mawanga


The study models international passenger air transport arrivals in SubSaharan Africa using evidence at Entebbe International Airport.
Approach was quantitative analysis of monthly trends by generating
monthly seasonal index model and using the model to make monthly
forecasts one year ahead. Monthly data from 1998 to 2012 were used
to describe and test characteristics in arrivals using Microsoft Excel
2007. Modelling of the monthly seasonal indexes was by using a 12-
month centred moving average. Findings revealed serial correlation
and seasonality in the trends January, July, August, October, November
and December with higher volumes and the other months with lower
volumes than the annual monthly average volumes. The study revealed
also that there is a significant higher volume of arrivals in the second
half of the year than the first half. The model index was analysed
using different statistical tests and was proved to have goodness of fit
for the data. An estimate regression equation was generated to compute
the model evaluation forecasts and later on an actual monthly forecast
one year ahead were computed covering the period from June 2012 to
May 2013. The study contributes to existing literature on analysing
and forecasting international airport arrivals using classical
approaches, which are more appreciated to users and more efficient in
capacity management as well as service delivery. The study has policy
and management implications as discussed.

Key words: International Airport Arrivals, Seasonal Indexes, Moving Average,
Sub-SaharanAfrica, Forecasting

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